MICDS offers incredible strengths including a robust and compelling mission that informs the work of the school, strong and forward-thinking programming, an increasingly diverse and global community, lively school spirit, impressive faculty and superb resources. Only in a school that spans early childhood through grade 12 can we attend to the careful articulation of the curricular and co-curricular experiences that allow students to develop the habits of heart and mind at the very core of the mission and beliefs of MICDS. We are proud of our diverse and talented students who bring to us their passions for living and learning. Please take some time to view some statistics about our School.
At MICDS, we create a sense of community based on our mission that seeks and welcomes diverse backgrounds and perspectives as integral components of the foundation of excellence upon which our School is built.
- Our students come to us from many different neighborhoods in St. Louis, representing more than 60 zip codes
- More than 30% of our students identify themselves as students of color
- Students new to the school this year came from 90+ different public, private, religious and independent schools and preschools
- School-wide, more than 30 different languages and dialects besides English are spoken in our students’ homes
ARTS AND ATHLETICS
All students from JK through 8th grade experience a thorough grounding in physical education, creative movement, visual art, drama, and vocal and instrumental music as a regular and frequent part of their school life. Students in 9th-12th grades continue their study pursuing areas of special interest -- participation in the Athletics program is required for four years and Arts are required for two years depending on the area of study. 13 after-school sports are offered in grades 7-8 and 27 interscholastic sports are offered in grades 9-12 as well as an Essential Fitness program. Student athletes enjoy top-of-the-line facilities and coaching for training and competition.
Our nationally-recognized college counseling program sets us apart from other schools in our region. At each grade level in the Upper School, students are encouraged to grow, to stretch themselves and to work hard to realize their dreams. Starting in grade 9, students work with one of our team of counselors to learn how to make informed decisions, to plan for the future, to make the most of their experiences and talents and ultimately select the college or university that will be the best fit. The four-year time frame ensures that students can take ownership of the process while still being able to rely on a system of support that is comprehensive and individualistic.
Consistently, year after year, MICDS is an active participant in the Advanced Placement® program in the Midwest Region of The College Board. Each year approximately 250 students in grades 10 -12 take more than 500 AP® examinations in up to 23 separate subjects. In the past three years, over 80% received qualifying grades.
MICDS PARENTS ARE INVOLVED
The Parent/School Partnership recognizes and celebrates the fact that both parents and School support a child’s growth in unique and important ways. Our MICDS Parents Association is an active organization through which parents can become involved in many areas of the School.