As of this very moment, I am halfway through my second semester at MIA as a freshman (graduating class of 2020). I transferred to the school on a bit of a short notice; my family had just moved down from up north a few weeks before the start of school, nonetheless, the administrators were very welcoming and immediately took me in to begin building my schedule. The moment they handed me the list of classes I could take, I was overwhelmed...not because of how they were presenting the information to me, but because of the sheer magnitude of classes offered. I was awestruck...even more so when they told me that I had the freedom to choose the classes I wanted to take. Now, I hadn't seen this before; I didn't see it in my middle school (which was quite large with roughly 2000 attendees), considering what classes we took were predetermined by standardized test scores and previous performances in past classes, and I certainly did not see it when creating my schedule for the high school I was going to attend had I stayed up north (the choosing of classes was the same as done in middle school, an exception to our single elective). My scores from my middle school were awful, as I put no effort in furthering my education due to mere dislike I held for school, yet the admins from MIA looked past my scores. They didn't see me as a number or a student ID, and they surely didn't see me as a delinquent who had nothing to offer based on homework grades and test scores. They gave me, along with all of the students enrolled, a chance. The staff show us love and, although they are quite strict, they show us that they care for us and our education, and they strive to do whatever they can to assist us. They actully care for their students (and not to mention, they're quite qualified). I love attending school everyday; I love how it feels to walk into a school knowing I'm safe, cared for, and above all else, growing in both mind and character. As someone who once hated school, I can proudly say that this school changed me. I am working towards an AICE diploma and loving every second of it. Yes, the school looks a bit shabby and like a trailer park, and yes, there's room for improvement, but the school offers an environment like none other. We're a true family here, and I'm positive that such a state will never change.
Amazing school! Love the principal, administration, and faculty! The school has become a second family to me. Academics are rigorous and many clubs and athletic programs available. The atmosphere at the school is very caring. Every student matters. As a parent of a student at the school, I highly recommend it to you. You will not be disappointed.
To be a part of our school is to be a part of a family. We are so proud of our school's growth and overall student gains evidenced by our school grade, recent test scores, and students' overall academic and personal achievements. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about our school to visit our website (www.marcoislandacademy.org) and more importantly, to stop by for a visit. What we are cannot be defined or described in mere words; it is an experience.
Marco Island Academy is amazing school. I am a freshmen so this is my first time at the academy. Since I've been at the school i have learned so much, because of the 90 minute blocks you learn more more so you can understand it better. All the teachers and staff members are great!! The teachers are very amazing at there job because they want to make it fun to learn not just sit in one chair for 90 minutes. After being in one semester already getting ready to start my second semester with all different classes is exciting!! The academy is a great school, if you want to make more friends and have a great time the Academy is the school to go. I now that i will have the best time ever over the next 4 years!!!!!!!
marco island is a small environment ripe with rumors of a mediocre school trying hard but on thin ice. appointed board vs. an elected one so have people who must always agree with the program or be replaced. also always seem to be going to the same pool for contributions to keep it afloat. not even mentioning the physical plant that is less than impressive. a collection of mobile homes. as much as they would like to believe it,a prep school it is not.
I am a community member who has been watching from a far as this school was established and began to flourish. Now I have 3 sets of friends who have a total of 4 students currently attending MIA. My friends are extremely happy with this school. They say their kids enjoy the community/family atmosphere of MIA. They don't just feel like a number, but they feel like they really matter. From what the parents tell me, the teachers are intelligent, enthusiastic and really care about the students. Based on the positive feedback I hear from both parents and students, I definitely plan to send my children to MIA once they reach high school age.
Marco Island Academy is a wonderful school. The school provides a great curriculum that helps students be their best, and gives them the structure needed to be successful in college. The students are well mannered and respectful. At Marco Island Academy you feel like you belong.
Now an 'A'-rated school per FL DOE (with the highest test scores in the District in all save 3 areas), the fully Accredited Academy offers a FL Diploma, Dual Enrollments, and a rigorous Cambridge AICE International Diploma. 100% of its class of 2014 graduated with 90% going on to higher education. STEM classes (with a student/teacher ratio of 19/1) Marine Science, and Resort and Hotel Management (partnering with Marriott Beach Resort) are focal points of the curriculum. Students (who must perform 100 hrs community service) may also participate in Key Club, Interact Club, band, drama, a Shakespeare Festival, math contests, and 16 different sports' teams. MIA is the only Charter school in the world to offer Jean-Michel Cousteau s Ocean s l Future Program with an island specific curriculum written by Cousteau s Director of Education, Dr. Richard Murphy (who, in addition, personally teaches an Ambassadors of the Environment Summer Camp. Seniors are also awarded scholarships to Cornell's Summer Program as donations permit. As MIA expands to its goal of 400 students, so too are the school s offerings and accomplishments.
I'm a freshman at Marco Island Academy and I love the school! I'm about to start my second semester and, due to the 90 minute block scheduling, I will have all new classes with all new teachers. The school is run in a very smooth manner, allowing friendships to grow between the staff and students. All the teachers know how to handle themselves and their classes and the lessons are taught with fun methods and excitement. Definitely going to be a memorable four years. I would highly recommend this school to everyone.
Marco Island Academy is an excellent school with academics as their main focus. The administration and teachers are outstanding and really care about each student. I really appreciate the individual attention and focus on every child achieving their goals. The Academy also offers multiple sports opportunities and have plenty of extra curricular activities too. With a smaller student population it is easy to be involved both as a student and as a parent. I would definitely recommend the Marco Island Academy.