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Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School

School rating 4.7 / 5 by

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


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I felt very prepared to attend a university largely because MICDS has a very strong writing program. Academically, I enjoyed English which is where I got most of my writing skills from. I didn't appreciate it at the time, but we also got a lot of literacy skills from our history, science, and even math classes. I participated in several AP classes. The math and science programs are very strong as well. I was able to take Calculus my junior year (I was on the accelerated math track) and I enjoyed Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, as well other science electives such as animal behavior and psychology. The work load is comparable to what you receive at university level. My first two years of college felt easier than high school and it wasn't until I started taking higher level science and math classes that I felt challenged. MICDS utilized lecture based learning (because this is largely what you get at a university) but they also included lots of hands on and inquiry based learning activities. We had lots of projects that allowed us to expand our knowledge and go beyond the curriculum. The classes were small so we got a lot of individual attention and teachers were very willing to stay after school or work with you through lunches. Students at MICDS have a very personal relationship with their teachers. This is such a small school that you really got to know everyone.

College Counseling

I felt as though I would have had a better experience with MICDS college counseling....

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

I don't feel as though I can fairly answer this question because I was admitted....

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 students here come from a largely conservative background, but overall it seemed fairly balanced politically. MICDS is not religious but there are some lingering traditions from the days in which it was. Students still have to attend a weekly chapel. This is not a religious service (although it did used to take place in an actual chapel, but I believe this building has been replaced) rather it gives the students information about the week to come. We would have chapel on Mondays, and an advisory on the rest of the weekdays. Some weeks we....

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