Madison Country Day School

5606 River Road
Waunakee, WI 53597-0535
Tel: (608)850-6000
Grades: PK-12 | 435 students
In 1997, a small group of independent-minded students, families and community members launched a school like none other in Madison—a school founded on the premise that imagination and learning go forward hand-in-hand when linked with high standards and the best of a world-renowned curriculum.
At Madison Country Day School, it is our guiding mission and promise to provide an intellectually stimulating, personally enriching and academically challenging program in the liberal arts and sciences to an able and diverse student body; measure the curriculum and student achievement against the finest programs in the world; and contribute to the larger community by developing effective educational programs to serve as models for other public and private schools.
MCDS sets for its students the highest standards of academic achievement, intellectual growth, ethical awareness and behavior, athletic endeavor and sportsmanship, extracurricular involvement and service to others.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12

Student Body

Total Students 435 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Madison Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Kimberly Hazen
Admissions Associate Sara Beuthien


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. basketball, cross country, soccer, track, volleyball basketball, cross country, soccer, track, volleyball,

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Madison Baptist Academy (4.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Countryside Montessori Preschool (1.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Countryside Montessori Preschool (1.7 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Madison
    Grades: PK-K | 58 students
    1.7 miles
    721 Northport Drive
    Madison, WI 53704
  • Madison
    Northside Kindercare
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK
    2.9 miles
    2017 Londonderry Dr.
    Madison, WI 53704
  • Waunakee
    Grades: PK-6 | 198 students
    3.8 miles
    114 E 3rd St
    Waunakee, WI 53597
  • Madison
    Grades: 4-11 | 37 students
    4.4 miles
    2323 Portage Rd
    Madison, WI 53704
  • Madison
    Eastside Lutheran School
    (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)
    Grades: PK-8 | 169 students
    4.7 miles
    2310 Independence Lane
    Madison, WI 53704

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