So why is this for my child?
Students succeed because they are taught to strive for excellence, value hard work, think critically, collaborate productively, express themselves thoughtfully and step outside their comfort zone to overcome challenges and serve others. The Monroe Country Day School is designed to take children to new levels of academic excellence, independent thinking, creative problem solving, and sense of responsibility for self, neighbors and community.
How is this different from traditional school?
You recognize a Country Day School by these characteristics:
• Emphasis on learning by doing – hands-on projects, experiential learning, and learning through identifying a real-world problem and developing its solution.
• Integrated curriculum – the ongoing act of learning about different subjects simultaneously. This is achieved by guiding students to used other content knowledge to solve problems or answer questions.
• Strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking – learn as they journey through content, interact with lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other. They don’t just take a test or produce a product at the end to show their learning.
• Understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge – it’s not about being assigned a report on a specific person It’s about researching someone to honor, designing your own monument, and persuasively pitching a committee to build it.
• Collaborative and cooperative learning projects – it is learning to work with others to accomplish goals.
• Highly personalized education accounting for each individual’s personal goals and interests.
• Education for social responsibility and democracy with the integration of community service and service learning projects into the daily curriculum.
• Emphasis on lifelong learning and social skills.
Important to know!
1. Our curriculum follows nationally accepted standards. Our strategies and approaches are different.
2. Our grading looks different. Students rarely bubble in answers.
3. Our teachers are experts in their field. They are experienced and come from public school, private school and home school cooperative settings.
4. MCDS is a k-8 school housed in a beautiful and historical school building that creates an inspirational and community centered atmosphere.
5. We have had our accreditation consultant visit. The recommendation is that MCDS be retroactive accredited to September 2016.Notification will be in March 2017 after the Commission meeting. The accrediting agency is Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC).