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“…you will realize that you’re stronger than you thought you were.”

COVID-19 presented challenges for schools and families around the world. Mount de Sales was ready for this moment.

In preparation for 2020-2021, an Education Task Force comprised of administrators, staff, and teachers evaluated three critical areas for the new academic year: teaching and learning; health and safety; and constituent communications.

Systems already in place allowed for a seamless transition to a virtual learning model when campus closed. Upgrades to these systems plus new technologies for the 2020-2021 school year have only boosted an already well-connected campus. Teachers trained for the use of new technology, researched ways to optimize online learning methodologies, and collaborated with each other to perfect instruction delivery.

Rigorous standards are uncompromised and critical health and safety protocols are in full effect. This year, families have the option of in-class or full-time online learning—our challenging, college-prep environment thrives in both situations.

Here’s how members of the MDS community have adapted:

Emma Butler, Faculty
Sofia Suarez, 10th, Full-time Online Student
Holden Lane, 8th, On-Campus Learner









“I have always loved the energy that is created in the classroom. I really missed that in the spring. I have found that the ‘challenge’ of teaching students in class and online isn’t really a challenge at all. With any trying situation, there is a period of adjustment and learning. It’s no different than what I tell my students transitioning from middle school to high school: It will be hard at first, but then you will realize that you’re stronger than you thought you were.” – Emma Butler

“I did not know if I would like being an online student at MDS. I thought I would be given just a list of assignments and due dates and be on my own. Well, my online learning experience is the exact opposite. I love that I can live stream all my classes. I can see and interact in my class and with my teachers. All my teachers are great at communicating with me. They answer my emails very quickly. The teachers all involve me in the class. They call on me as if I was in the classroom. I really feel like I am part of MDS.” – Sofia Suarez

“Being back at school is great, but a little odd—wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, being more cautious with everyone’s personal space, and cleaning desks after every class. I’m glad to be back at school and to be able to be with my friends. All of my teachers are doing a great job. I cannot imagine how hard it is to keep up with the in-person and virtual students. Since the start of school, they have mastered balancing both.” – Holden Lane

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Mount de Sales Academy is a private Catholic school located in Macon, GA, and serves students in Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach and other surrounding counties. MDS is sponsored and inspired by the Sisters of Mercy. Since 1876, MDS has served a diverse college-preparatory community of learners—students and teachers alike—who are poised to discover, challenged to innovate, and motivated to serve.