MDS History

Founded in 1978, Morganton Day School (MDS) serves children from Junior-Kindergarten to Eighth Grade. With low teacher to student ratios and a dedication to students’ success, MDS provides rigorous academics in a supportive caring environment.

Morganton Day School is dedicated to a philosophy of inquiry-based education, internationally mindedness, parental involvement, and the individual as a member of a global community. Exceptional academic goals are met without compromising the child’s spirit, human dignity, or self esteem. The integrated curriculum encompasses math, science, social studies, english language arts, technology, visual and dramatic arts, world languages, music, and physical education.

: Founded in 1978 by international four families, Azmi and Maha Jarrah, Joyce and Darrell Ferguson, John and Janice Branstrom, and Kevin and Ita Kilbride.  Described as parents “wanting the best possible education for their children,” they launched The Children’s School in the fall of 1978. Bringing educational ideas and philosophies from around the world, Syria, Palestine, Ireland, the British system of schooling, and the United States, cutting-edge experiential education was the founding educational corner stone.

Initially housed in “The Elms,” a two-story brick home formerly used as nursing quarters for Grace Hospital, Morganton Day School opened in the fall of 1978 with 16 students. All tuition moneys were used to purchase supplies for the program; all staff members volunteered their time for the experientially based program. 35 years later, MDS has a thriving student enrollment while maintaining the integrity of our founders. Students engage in inquiry-based learning in small classes where student strive for excellence while nurturing the love of learning.

TCS-constructionIn 1990 the school moved to our current location in a 9000+ square foot building designed specifically with the uniqueness of the program in mind. Today, MDS continues to provide cutting-edge educational opportunities to our students with the addition of the International Baccalaureate programme, STEAM education, and most recently Maker Education.