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Island Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 200 students

Quality Christian Education / Small Class Sizes

 

Living in Islamorada

Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $345,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,419.

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Posted April 10, 2014

While over 75% of all private schools in the state of Florida are not accredited, Island Christian School enjoys full accreditation status by the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS), the National Council for Private Schools Accreditation (NCPSA) both of which are nationally recognized by the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools (FAANS) and our international affiliate, the International Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (IACCS). FACCS accredited schools are recognized and accepted as such across the country. In addition, as of the 2011-2012 school years, Island Christian School enjoys regional accreditation with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 29, 2012

Former financial administrator of the school. The school has transformed from a good school to a great progressive one with a strong leadership who stresses educational excellence and Christian values.


Posted April 17, 2010

We choose ICS because it offered the flexibility and personal attention that we desired due to our work in another state during part of the school year. Over the next six years our daughter received an excellent education and upon graduation from ICS a number of scholarship opportunities. Out of several, our daughter selected a full tuition scholarship at a private university. ICS does offer an outstanding education as well personal attention to each student. There are also special extracurricular and travel opportunities not available at the public school level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

If you want your child to do well, this is the school! You pay goo money for the A's and B's. My child went from a 'B' student to an 'F' student when I put him inot public school from ICS. He was an 'ESE' student and this school just does not have the resorces of the public schools. Monroe County is an 'A' district, and with lots of hard work from the teachers and at home he managed to graduate with his class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2008

The finest in education, my daughter is graduating from Stetson, ICS prepared her well for college. I have two other daughters that wen to public schools and the difference in the schools is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

All three of my children have graduated from Island Christian. All three have gone on to college. When they were in the 4th and 5th grades, I took my boys out of the local public school and put them in Island Christian School. It took 6 months of tutoring to bring them up to the level of Island Christian. After the initial 6 months they were able to maintain at least a B average, thanks to the dedication of the teachers at Island Christian. I feel it is a fantastic place for all children. It provides a well rounded education both academically and physically. There are opportunities in sports for both the boys and the girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2007

The Florida Keys do not offer exceptional public education for their children with no driver's education or vo-tech classes for example. ICS has been a refuge for Keys Kids who want to go on to college and are serious about a good education. The type of kids who attend ICS are wholesome, happy and friendly promoting a safer and better learning environment. The teachers at ICS are outstanding and deeply care for students, even keeping contact daily or weekly with parents especially if a student is having problems. For a private school, ICS has made it as affordable as possible, especially with the tremendous high cost of living in the Florida Keys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2005

The finest in education, teacher concern and relationship with parents. I could not be more pleased with the education both of my children have received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

My wife and I are deeply grateful for the education and training our children have received at Island Christian School. The teachers/administration have helped motivate our children to develop themselves fully, and to give their best. Our children have appreciated the level of interest and helpfulness their teachers have shown them. (Each of our 4 children began their education in pre-school here, and 3 have now graduated.) The prevailing attitude among the students has been positive (especially this year), and our children have enjoyed ICS and the extracurricular activities. We have also become friends with a family who drove their children to and from this school daily from the Miami area (about an hour and twenty minutes away) for what I believe was an entire school year. They have since moved to this area so that their children could continue at ICS (and the children s father now commutes to Miami).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I went to ICS when I was a child (4k-5th grade). In 6th grade my parents put me in public school. When I got to public school I was behind in all my subjects. I did not know anything about major events in history, science, math, nor any other main subject, but I could however recite many bible versus and tell you about every character in the bible. I hope by this time the school has taught something else except for bible class.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 26, 2004

I attended ICS and was astounded at the lack of compassion for all people. Though I have grown to realize that all humans deserve respect, it was not due to my experience at ICS. Though parents may believe that their children are receiving a quality education at ICS, in reality, the children are simply learning how to hide their delinquency better.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 3, 2003

My son is in the high school and is challenged to excel by caring professional teacher and staff. I am very pleased with the academics and the opportunities he has in extracurricular activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

Not only is the curriculum outstanding, I love the fact that morals and values are taught on a daily basis. My children have an incredible faith at a very young age. The small class size is the icing on the cake. Last year, my 2nd grader was reading on a 10th grade level. This is an amazing school with amazing teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2003

My son and daughter are receiving a fantastic education.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 42%
Hispanic 23% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 22% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 58% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 5% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Online options
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jason Harrison
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian - Non-Denominational
Associations
  • SACS/CASI
Fax number
  • (305) 664-8170

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Online options
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Cooking club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
33
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
37

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$0 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Florida Step Up / McKay Grants

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
College / University
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 22%
4 year college - 58%
Military - 10%
Vocational - 5%
Workforce - 5%
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83250 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33036
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Phone: (305) 664-4933

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