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Campus Tours

Our tour season, for those interested in the 2019-20 school year, has come to an end. For those interested in applying for the 2020-21 school year, tours will pick back up in October 2019. All tours run from 8:40 to 10:40 a.m. on select mornings from October through January.

Evening Events

Tuesday, November 13, 2018: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Focused Reception at MCDS

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Focused Reception at Urban High School in S.F.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019: Curriculum Focused Reception at MCDS

Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Upper School Open House at MCDS

Wednesday, February 6, 2019: Families of Color Affinity Reception (location TBA)

Monday, February 11, 2019: LGBTQIA+ Affinity Reception (location TBA)

Click here to reserve your space. Click here for or more detailed information about our evening events.

Assessments /Applicant Visits


Kindergarten Assessments

All assessments fall on select Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from November to February the year prior to entry. The admission team will be in contact to schedule an appointment once the child’s application is processed.

Grades 1-4

Lower School Assessments (Grades 1-4)

Applicants are invited to campus between October and February for a shadow visit and short academic assessement on a normal school day. These visits occur on select mornings from 8 to 11 am. Visits will be scheduled by the admission office once the child’s application is processed.

Grades 5-7

Upper School Assessments (Grades 5-7)

Upper School Applicant Visits: Applicants to grades 5-7 are invited to spend time at MCDS during a normal school day. Visits are held on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8am-1:20 pm for grades 6 and 7, 8-11 am for grade 5. Visits will be scheduled by the admission office once the child’s application is processed. This required step is in addition to US Admission Saturday.

Upper School Admission Saturday: applicants to sixth grade are assessed on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Please save the date and RSVP by emailing Zoe Davis ( Out of area applicants who are unable to attend may schedule an alternative assessment with the admission team.

ISEE or SSAT: Grades 5-7 are also required to take either the ISEE or the SSAT at any convenient and public test site before February 1, 2019. Register for the ISEE (be sure to use MCDS school code 054004) OR register for the SSAT by clicking here.  Please be sure to have the test center share results with MCDS directly.  MCDS will host the ISEE on the morning of January 26, 2016. MCDS will be a private test site, to register use invitation code: 9VYQ8JY7.

Important Due Dates

October 19, 2018: Kindergarten applications due for MCDS siblings, faculty, and staff

January 14, 2019: Applications due for new families

January 14, 2019: Applications due for indexed tuition

March 20, 2019: Decision Week begins

March 21, 2019: Admission Notifications available online at 12:00pm PST

March 28, 2019: Family Reply deadline is 10:00 am PST sharp