MCDS is looking forward to the second annual Coffee Shop Poetry Reading. This year will be at MCDS's new building. Last year Dickinson said she and Sanders couldn’t believe the how far the students had come in such a short time and they decided to give the students the opportunity to share their poetry with others in the community. Read more...

History of Country Day

You recognize a Country Day School by these characteristics:

  1. Emphasis on learning by doing - projects and experiential learning;

  2. Integrated curriculum;

  3. Strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking;

  4. Understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge;

5. Collaborative and cooperative learning projects;

6. Highly personalized education accounting for each individual's personal goals;

7. Education for social responsibility and democracy;

8. Integration of community service and service learning projects into the daily curriculum;

9. Emphasis on lifelong learning and social skills; and

10. Assessment includes evaluation of child’s project, discussions and productions.

High marks for Core Knowledge Language Arts!

Identifying the highest-quality instructional materials can be a real challenge. That’s why the independent, non-profit does rigorous, educator-driven reviews of curricula on alignment to the Common Core State Standards and usability in the classroom. just released their review of ELA curriculum for Grades 3-5, giving Amplify’s Core Knowledge Language Arts® program (CKLA™) a top score. The independent, detailed review highlighted CKLA’s knowledge-building approach, showing that it is standards-aligned, easy to use, and provides the combination of engagement and rigor that drives student outcomes. Full analysis and comparison across products can be found here.

Breaking news on Core Knowledge Sequence Curriculum research! EDreport


High Cotton

Walton County Bicentennial Performance

September 2018


July 2018!

Here is an excerpt from an article in the Fall-Winter Walton Living

....But many who remained in the community had fond memories of the rich legacy of those earlier days and efforts are now being made to revitalize this district and bring it back its original luster. What was once the Old Mill School is currently being renovated and by next year it will again be bustling with students. Founded by longtime Walton County educator Rita Dickinson, Monroe Country Day School will open its doors in the late summer of 2016 and students will again fill the hallways.
“The building is going to be renovated and will be ready for us,” Dickinson said at a meeting introducing the concept of the new school to the public. “It may not look like much now, but when I walk in there I see all the possibilities.”
Monroe Country Day School is a private school from K through eighth-grade that offers an innovative way of teaching. Dickson said the location in the Old Mill School is ideal. It is convenient to downtown Monroe and close enough for students to walk to the Monroe Cultural and Heritage Museum, the Monroe Art Guild and the old Historic Courthouse.
“This is something that has been on my heart for quite a while - that I’ve wanted to start a school - and the opportunity sort of just came open with this most wonderful school building, the old Johnston Institute building. It is going to be renovated and we’re going to be able to return it to a school that it was for many, many years,” Dickinson said, adding that although the building itself is not quite as old as the Johnston Institute which dates but to 1883, but it is a memento of early education in Monroe.

Also, check out our High Cotton Magazine! This project was partly funded by the


and the Walton Foundation!

Walton Tribune Editorials

Sept. 10, Nov. 5, Dec. 31, 2017

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