Marin Country Day School is an independent K-8 coed day school enrolling 595 students at a 35-acre campus in Corte Madera, California. Our school's mission, underscored by our core values of respect, responsibility and compassion, asks children to become skilled learners and ethical human beings, motivated to make a difference in the world.
Founded in 1956 by an adventurous group of parents and educators who believed that learning is a joyous and lifelong process, MCDS provides a distinguished education based on distinctive values, aspirations and practices. Students at MCDS enjoy the benefits of innovative teaching, enhanced understanding of how children learn, tools for clear and creative expression and an increasingly diverse student body.
Our rich and well-considered core curriculum includes a rigorous grounding in traditional academic disciplines: English, Mandarin, Spanish, mathematics, science and social studies. Art, athletics, drama, music and outdoor education are integral parts of the program. In addition, Aikido/Energy Time, developmental physical education and age-appropriate curricula covering nutrition, human sexuality and substance abuse promote health and wellness.
We strive as well to prepare our students to participate thoughtfully and meaningfully for a changing world and to give them flexible skill sets that will serve them in a world that is more competitive and technologically integrated. Woven into the program are initiatives promoting ecoliteracy, global awareness and engagement and facility in the use of technology. Ongoing review of the core program assures that the curriculum is dynamic, incorporates current pedagogy and best practices, and is well-aligned through the nine grade levels.
Strategic Plan 2012
With Strategic Plan 2012, our community takes mindful steps to align the three key elements that define a sustainable, responsible institution providing a distinctive education: program, community, and financial sustainability.
Program: We will develop an integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for grades K-8 to strengthen core academic skills. Concurrently, we will explore ways in which 21st century skills such as design thinking and mindfulness can help our students build the capacity for innovation and creativity.
Community: We will develop and cultivate cultural competency skills, K-8, that will help us communicate effectively across a range of human experience and difference. And we will establish the environment and methods for honing these skills in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and outside of the school.
Financial Sustainability: MCDS is committed to thinking broadly and creatively about every aspect of our operating model. We will look for new revenue opportunities beyond tuition, philanthropy, and endowment, which would both improve our finances and expand our mission.
Strategic Plan 2012 begins with academic excellence realized through a broadly diverse and inclusive community. Our students’ academic achievement will be enhanced by learning to communicate across differences, to master technology, to practice mindfulness and to bring academic ideas to life through problem-solving and action.