To be well prepared socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually, children must be nurtured in an environment
that places emphasis on the whole child. MDS offers a challenging program that focuses on each child’s personal
development and learning styles. We help students learn, and we guide them toward independence and self- confidence in
a nurturing, secure, and structured environment.
A strong foundation in reading, writing, and mathematics prepares each child for an increasingly rigorous
curriculum in the future. Children are taught according to developmental needs and in the style that best suits them.
Small classes allow students to discover and build on personal strengths using a highly integrated curricular approach.
Hands-on projects fully engage students, and classrooms vibrate with the activities of curious children. Children are
encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and contribute in all areas of their educational day. Learning from their teachers
and from each other, students work together making connections and finding solutions to problems.
MDS views childhood as a journey that is enhanced in a positive and caring learning experience. We stress the
importance of building community by establishing routines, procedures, and attitudes that foster trust among the
students and teachers. We treat and talk with each other in ways that model respect.