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The Arts are Alive at MCDS!
  • Enrollment for beginning Early Bird Orchestra (EBO) is at an all-time high with Mr. Mofsky.
  • The 5th graders have all learned the "50 Nifty United States" song with teachers, Mrs. Pelletier and Ms. Alfonso. They can be heard singing around campus!
  • John "Groovy" Pantesco, our new Technical Director is busy researching the equipment we will be using in the Center for the Arts.
  • The Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) has their first rehearsal today with Mr. Wicker!
  • Our new Experimental Video Arts class is underway with Mr. Ordonez. This is the first year for this digital video for artistic expression class.
  • Ms. Mahoney's Middle school art students have been busy grappling with the concept of negative and positive space relationships through a variety of projects.
  • Mrs. Moyer's Lower School art students have all received their new sketch books and are learning basic drawing techniques. One child shared, "This is the best tree I have ever drawn!”
Thank you to all of our Faculty & Staff donors!

A huge thank you to our 149 faculty and staff who have participated in the Campaign for the Arts with gifts and pledges totaling over $320,000! The support of our faculty and staff is important and we are grateful for your dedication and generosity to Country Day.

Country Day Senior Awarded Silver Knight in Drama

Congratulations to our Silver Knight winner this year, Connor Space '15. Connor was awarded the Silver Knight award in Drama. Ryan Amoils '15 received an Honorable Mention in Business, and Grace Goldsmith '15 and Madison Bolton '15 both were honored as nominees in English and Social Science respectively. Great job!

MCDS Junior Honored as Nominee for the 2015 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing

MCDS junior Francess D. received special recognition for being our school’s official nominee for the 2015 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing. Francess also received a Certificate of Recognition from the National Council of Teachers of English.

In total, 650 juniors were selected by their schools to participate in the 2015 program. Of those, 141 students were chosen as outstanding writers. Francess was one of only three students recognized in the state of Florida.

This superior achievement is a reflection of the teachers and the Humanities program at Miami Country Day School. A special thank you to Scott Brennan, Carolyn Dorn, Amy Gallup, and Susanna Linfield, our faculty judges in the interior selection process.

Watch the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our future Center for the Arts!

Watch the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our future Center for the Arts!

Country Day AP Studio Art Students Exhibit at UM's Annual Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase


Three students from the MCDS AP Studio Art class Elmira M., Aminah A., and Ruben V. have been chosen to exhibit their artwork at the University of Miami for the Annual Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase.

This year’s entries were judged in mid-December by an independent panel consisting of: Miami-Dade County Public Schools and University of Miami art specialists, local artists, museum directors, and gallery owners.

The Student Artist Showcase provides middle and high school students in grades 6 to 12 from across Miami-Dade County a chance to participate in a juried art competition and to present their work to the art community in a museum setting.

The opening reception for the artists will be held on January 13, Tuesday from 6-8pm at the Lowe Art Museum. The work will be on display until January 18th for UM's annual Festival of Art that weekend.

Country Day Thespians Compete at District 8 Festival

Congratulations to the Miami Country Day School Thespians! The competed at the District 8 Thespians’ Individual Events Festival over the weekend.

Adria Markovic earned an Excellent for her two monologues: Anton in Show Business and Lost in Yonkers Ian Zigel earned an Excellent for his two monologues: The Foreigner and Baby with the BathwaterAlessandra Settineri earned an Excellent for her song “You Learn to Live Without” from If/Then.

And, reprising their roles of Gertrude McFuzz and Horton the Elephant from last year’s smash hit musical, Seussical, Marni Weiss and Sami Habib earned a Superior and a trip to the Florida State Thespian Festival in March with their performance of “Notice Me, Horton”! A nice warm-up for their co-starring roles in this year’s upcoming spring musical, Zombie Prom.

Zyscovich Architects Selected to Design Center for the Arts

Zyscovich Architects, who also designed the Katherine E. Franco Learning Resources Center, is the architecture firm for Miami Country Day School’s Center for the Arts. Zyscovich is an integrated master planning, architecture, and interior design firm with offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando, New York City, and Bogotá, Colombia. Since 1977, the firm has focused on making People Places—positively impacting the lives of people with their award-winning designs throughout the country and around the world. The Zyscovich Education Studio consists of over 40 highly-trained professionals who focus exclusively on the design of award-winning public, private, and charter schools. Notably, the group served as the studio for our school’s Katherine E. Franco Center for Learning Resources. As educators adopt a new paradigm of education for the 21st Century, Zyscovich Architects is committed to the creation of educational facility design that supports and enhances these efforts. Their designs are focused on the creation of a “culture of inquiry” and lifelong learners.