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Welcome to MDS


Love and respect are the common language here at our private school in Pawling, NY. Learning excites the mind and sparks new ideas through our connected curriculum and culture of Living Values. At Mizzentop, the courage to speak, to dream, and to create becomes a way of life.

Welcome to MDS

Our Schools

Early Childhood

Pre-K through Kindergarten

Your Child's Love of Learning Starts Here.

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Lower School

First Grade through Fourth Grade

Independent Students, Curious Learners, and Mindful Citizens

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Middle School

Fifth Grade through 8th Grade

Today's Students. Tomorrow's Leaders.

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Our Voices

8th grade male graduate stands at a podium giving a speech

Patrick G. '21

In my short time here, I made great friends and even greater memories that I will forever remember. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to come to Mizzentopand become part of the family. Part of that family now moves on to new roads, to new possibilities, and to new freedoms.

three female student athletes sit on a bleacher together smiling

Angela I. ‘14

Every little moment and experience I have had at Mizzentop may have seemed small to me at the time but when I look back now, I realize that they were bigger.

five students running through a pile of leaves together outside

Katy F., MDS Parent

Mizzentop is the place where young minds grow & flourish, a place that centers a community. My children have had the most incredible school experience, this is the greatest gift we could give them. 

Our Voices

By the Numbers


Nationalities represented by the student body



Ages PreK-8


Athletic Teams and Clubs


Districts that bus


Chromebooks and Ipads for K-8


Healthy lunches served each day


Our School Founded


Teacher to student ratio