Mission, Vision and Values


MCDS Mission Statement

(adopted 2019)


Our Vision

We Envision a Future Where...
Young people work together creatively to build a more inclusive and sustainable world.


Our Values

Take Intellectual Risks

We hold ourselves to a standard of academic excellence, and each time we challenge ourselves to push our comfort zone, we learn more about capabilities, our world and ourselves.

Stretch Your Mind and Body

Our learning requires us to be nimble and flexible in what we learn and the way we learn it. When we allow ourselves to grow and stretch, whether in the classroom or by the creek, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.


Cherish the Natural World

From the beginning, the natural world has been woven into the MCDS experience. Leveraging the outdoors as part of our classroom, we hold ourselves accountable to educate, inspire, and empower every member of our community to protect the earth.

value every voice

As an inclusive community of learning, we welcome others’ experiences, ideas, and viewpoints. We want all members of the MCDS community to be— and feel—seen, heard, and valued. To that end, we seek every day to create and nurture a sense of belonging among students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

practice compassion

As with any muscle, compassion must be practiced daily, so that it becomes comfortable and commonplace. With an open heart, we approach each situation as an opportunity to embrace and understand our shared humanity.



cultivate a playful spirit

We believe in fostering joy through play, learning, and community connection to nurture the child in all of us.