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Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School

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101 North Warson Road St. Louis MO 63124 United States
PK to 12th


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Academics are top-notch at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS), with enthusiastic and engaging teachers, a great AP curriculum, and interesting electives. Class sizes range between 12-20 students typically, and teachers are usually very good at giving students individualized attention. The work load is above average, with the students taking more AP courses getting the heaviest load. But regardless of the courses you are taking, teachers at MICDS expect their students to participate and make an effort to earn their grades. And each year there is some kind of large written report that every student must complete: the pilgrimage project freshman year, the poetry project sophomore year, the author project junior year, and the senior project. The school's academic strengths are relatively even across the board, but perhaps a bit stronger in the humanities and social sciences. But the science department as well has great resources and opportunities for advanced study, and the math department offers electives for those students who complete the AP math courses ahead of time. I was very much involved in the arts in high school, and with brand new art facilities, MICDS really supports aspiring artists. I found that the emphasis that MICDS places on writing skills truly helped prepare me for college, where often your grades are based solely on your ability to write persuasive well-founded arguments.

College Counseling

I believe that the college counseling system at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School requires essays on their application, and administers....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The dining hall at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School has much more to offer than most high school cafeterias, with a full salad and sandwich bar, soft-serve ice cream machine, several choices of cereal and soup every day in addition to the regular hot entrees. The campus is situated on 100 acres in one of the safest and wealthiest areas per-capita in the state of Missouri. The campus has a very safe, open atmosphere as a result of the student Honor Code, so that everyone feels comfortable enough to leave backpacks and personal items around school without....

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