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8101 Fallsdale Dr
Charlotte, NC 28214

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(704) 391-5516
(704) 943-5445
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Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 26, 2015
As a teacher at MID I've seen many instances of our faculty helping students develop persistence and determination. In one case, a student would cry every time that he didn't do something perfectly. He would get very upset and beat himself up about it. His teachers worked to help him understand that no one is perfect, and that we can learn from the mistakes that we make. By the end of this school year, the same child still performs at a very high level, but when he makes a mistake he doesn't cry or get upset; he tries to find a way to learn from it.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 26, 2015
At MID the students have the opportunity to participate in community outreach, especially in the middle and high school grades. The older students have gone to serve at homeless shelters, meal programs, and nursing homes, and the younger ones have participated in food drives, water drives, and pajama drives. During Chapel the kids have learned about mission trips and the needs of people in other countries, and spent time praying for them.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
June 26, 2015
The teachers at MID are wonderful! They are kind and caring with the students, but also have high expectations for them. My son achieved the A honor roll for the first time this year, and scored well above his grade level in most areas of the end of grade testing. I'm very happy with the teachers!

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 26, 2015
I love that MID doesn't give a lot of homework! The research says that homework doesn't benefit students until they're in the upper high school grades. My child gets enough homework to give him practice with spelling words and math problems, etc. but isn't loaded down and spending hours every night on homework. This lets him be involved in other activities (like sports, youth group, etc) that contribute to his being a well-rounded person.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 26, 2015
At MID the teachers and administrators work with children and their parents to develop great character. I've seen many examples of this over the last few years. One way they do this is that teachers and students can nominate each other for 'character' awards. They want to catch each other helping others, being kind, or doing the right thing even when no one is watching...being Christ-like. The vast majority of students at MID are wonderful kids. An example of this happened last fall when a student lost her hearing aid on the soccer field...the family was devastated. The next morning the entire school, students and staff, gathered together to comb the soccer field to try to find the hearing aid. It wasn't found that morning, but during recess several of the 4th and 5th grade students decided on their own to spend their recess time continuing to look. They found it and were SO excited to return it to the student who had lost it!

- submitted by a teacher
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
June 25, 2015
First of all, if you look at the history of the school, they continue to have a high teacher turnover rate, which was a huge parent complaint last year. Unfortunately, it occurred again this year, with the EXPERIENCED teachers leaving. Again, the headmasters like to keep the $$$ in their pocket. Experienced teachers cost more, even though they are more beneficial to our children, they are the first to go. Two of the most loved teachers in the school left this year because they were not offered contracts to return. This is a huge blemish on our school.

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Amount of homework: Not enough
June 25, 2015
I rarely saw homework come home with my child, which should have been a gigantic red flag.

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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 25, 2015
First of all, the curriculum is not rigorous. There is no expectation that teachers will cover particular topics by a certain time period. They state that they cover Core Knowledge, but the literacy teachers did not cover that material during the past school year. The Russian authors, and other high level material was not implemented. My child is leaving and is far behind....certainly not ready for the SAT as my child should be.

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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 25, 2015
Students curse, use foul language, and make threats toward each other. Nothing is done. They may have to take the trash out, but they will be right back in the classroom the next day.

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April 23, 2015
We have had a wonderful experience with MID. My daughter is in her first year of school and she absolutely loves it. She is challenged academically every day and also has many opportunities to develop social skills through clubs, sports, and meaningful field trip experiences. The teachers and administration have made our family feel welcome and comfortable from day one. MID has a small enough feel that my daughter is not just a number, but is still able to offer her the opportunities she would receive at a larger school.

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January 27, 2015
I love Mountain Island Day because it has provided my shy child an environment to thrive in. The teachers and staff are wonderful and I am pleased with the curriculum. I love that my child receives bible lessons and and attends chapel weekly. I love that the children are taught to love one another and that they are loved by the staff. This school is a gem and I would recommend it to anyone.

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January 14, 2015
I have been a parent at MID since there second year. my child came to MID below grade level. The teachers were great. They worked with her during and after class to help her catch up with her classmates. She is now testing two grades ahead. The small class size is perfect for children. The majority of the teachers have their masters and come to MID with years of experience. I love knowing that my child enjoys coming to school. With the increase in students, my daughter has been able to play team sports. We couldn't be happier with our decision.

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January 14, 2015
As a teacher and parent at MIDS, I feel that we ve found the perfect fit for our family. MID uses a well respected curriculum, including Scott Foresman Reading Street, Envision Math, Core Knowledge Science and Social Studies, Discipleland Bible Curriculum, Lucy Calkins writing components, as well as enrichment programs such as Mountain Math and Mountain Language. In addition we have knowledgeable teachers who bring their experience and creativity into the classroom to enhance the curriculum. We have a wonderful EC specialist on staff, and a teaching assistant who work with students one-on-one, or in small groups, on remediation and enrichment. Our small class sizes allow teachers to really know each child and their strengths, struggles, and interests. We also have an administration that makes every decision based on what will be best for the children whose education has been entrusted to them. If you re looking for a small school with a Christian foundation, MID is a great choice we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a teacher

August 26, 2014
Mountain Island Day has spared no expense when it comes to investing in curriculum-Envision/Saxon/Mountain Math, Core Knowledge Social Studies and Science, DiscipleLand Bible, and Scott Foresman/Saxon/Zaner-Bloser Language Arts are just a few of the programs that the teachers are provided with. Differentiation is not just a theory at MID, it is a daily practice. My children are taught at their level EVERY day ALL day. Among the many things that my family loves at our school, two things stand out: 1)Small class sizes allow students to receive more attention academically and emotionally. 2)It is very obvious that our teachers LOVE what they do. They spend their time teaching, not completing paperwork or testing. For teachers who truly love spending the school day interacting with their students, MID is the perfect place to be! For students who truly love spending the school day learning, MID is the perfect place to be!

- submitted by a teacher

August 14, 2014
When it sounds too good to be true, it is. This is not a school founded on Christian values, more accurately it's founded on the need to control. They don't follow any sort of curriculum or plan, they know how to tell people what they want to hear. Their claims of higher education and rigorous curriculum are inaccurate. They lose teachers and families as quickly as they get them. Just be weary, because this is your child's future and they won't have a long, prosperous one here. Even the 5 star reviews are fabricated from employees forced to monitor this site. I don't understand why great schools allows it, but I'm sure they have claimed bad reviews are the result of some bitter parent or teacher, instead of just someone trying to express concern for other peoples children. North Carolina should have stronger regulations in place for private schools so that we can have peace of mind that our children our getting the education they deserve.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2014
I have aspired for many years, to be able to work for an institution in which I can freely and fully share not only my love and heart for ALL students, but where I can discuss education and academics from a Christian perspective. As a teacher for many years in the public school system, I always felt I was leaving out a tremendous portion of meeting the needs of the 'total child'...It is wonderful to be able to offer counseling and support to our students within the added domain of meeting the spiritual needs, as we delve into subject matter or help students resolve conflict or plan for the future. As a traveling, itinerant professional, during my previous tenure with the public school system, I have seen all varieties of schools, administrators, teachers and staff. Some were better than others and some made me yearn for 'more' for myself and the students within; however, there is one truth that remained in every school in which I offered my services: there is NO perfect school. But, I must say, M.I.D. comes as close as any place in which I have had the pleasure to work. We are blessed to have this school in our area!

- submitted by a teacher

May 05, 2014
MID is an amazing and affordable alternative to public school! Our children look forward to going to school each day and are learning much more than the state End Of Grade tests require. The school is small enough to create a nurturing, loving atmosphere for all ages, but large enough to offer many sports, extra-curricular, and educational opportunities. We look forward to what the future will hold! Go Mariners!!!

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April 28, 2014
Incredibly disappointed in many areas. They don't follow a curriculum, there are no assistant teachers, there is very limited help and support for kids with special needs (and there are a LOT of them!), and the communication is awful! I have never seen anything go home from administration that wasn't full of typos, misspelled words, and bad grammar. My son will be enrolled in another school next year. I pray he isn't too far behind because of his experience at MIDS. I do not believe they will become accredited, especially in the time frame they have advertised to parents.

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February 18, 2014
Small classes, caring and attentive teachers, Christian values and a home like atmosphere is what drew us to Mountain Island Day. Our family has found what we couldn't get at public school. Foreign language in elementary, plenty of recess time, gardening and after school clubs are just a few of the things that set Mountain Island Day apart from the rest!

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February 18, 2014
The administration never speaks unless they need something from you and it appears that they mistreat their staff, which tells you something about the high turnover rate! There is a lack in communication and lack of services. Seems like a big show with no substance. I had my child tested for next year and they are way behind. I am having to pay a private tutor to catch them up. Please do not send your child here! Go to a public school where you don't pay and your child will get the education they deserve! Will not be back next year!

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February 17, 2014
I have 2 children who attend MID. We tried public school but the class sizes were way too big and neither of my children got the attention they needed. Both of my kids are in classes with fewer than 15 students! The school is a small environment and feels very much like a community. They are very accommodating to both of my kids when they need help in any areas and they also challenge them when they excel in others. The tuition is very affordable.

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February 17, 2014
This is our first year at Mountain Island Day and we absolutely love it. Our kids just came over from public school and it's the best decision we have ever made. Kids that go there get personal one on one attention in the classroom, have a great learning environment and get all the resources the kids could ever need and more from administration to strive for greatness in the classroom. I personally love the fact that it is a christian school and I know when my kids go there everyday, good christian values are practiced in a great learning atmosphere. I have to admit I'm also impressed with the athletic department and it's programs they have for boys and girls. Top notch and a first class operation. Go Mariners!!

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February 12, 2014
Our family had a terrible experience at another school prior to Mountain Island Day. Our daughter was below grade level and dreaded going to school each day. We switched to Mountain Island Day a year and half ago and our daughter is doing wonderful. We have been overjoyed with her progress and the time the school has invested in her and our family. We have received tutoring by the teachers, pull outs by support staff, and numerous meetings with a support team organized for my daughter. My daughter has not only received a great education but she has also been given love and acceptance. She has a full cheering squad when she succeeds. There should be more schools like Mountain Island Day.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2014
I saw the previous post and I was very disheartened by it. I volunteer often at the school so I get to see the day to day operations and a little more behind the scenes than other parents. The Winstead's are two of the most dedicated administrators I have witnessed. The school has wonderful teachers and it is apparent to me that the administration work tirelessly to manage their staff. The Winstead's appear to know all the children by name and take the time to invest in them. My daughter is in her third year at the school and she attended the preschool prior to the school. She is socially adjusted, advanced in her academics, and happy. I can not imagine my child anywhere else.

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August 29, 2013
We are entering our second year with MID and were extremely impressed with how much our daughter learned in Kindergarten and so far it appears First grade will be no different. Affordable, great staff and teachers, great selection of clubs with before and after school care also available. I love that the curriculum is not stuffy and the teachers have the ability to tailor their lessons towards the interests of the children. We are a non-denominational family and were originally hesitant in joining a Christian based school, however, the school's incorporation of Christianity is through teaching the children morals, faith, and character without an agenda.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2013
This school is a work in progress! There is a lot of teacher turn-over & in my opinion it's due to administration. The founders really have no idea what they're doing in regards to running a school - a business. Teachers are not treated like the professionals they are and they receive no support from administration. Aside from that, the biggest problem is discipline. When I taught there, it was the norm for kids to enroll at MID after they were kicked out of public school. I have been teaching for 25 years and I have never seen a school run like this! A lot of "smoke and mirrors" - enroll your child with much caution. - Former teacher who left as soon as possible (not fired).

- submitted by a teacher

March 26, 2013
I feel blessed to be a part of MID! Our entire staff truly cares about meeting the individual academic, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of every child we have the opportunity to teach. Together, with our wonderful student's parents, we have created a team like no other to prepare our students for the bright futures that lie ahead of them!

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December 29, 2012
My children love MID. Both of my children have always attended private schools all their life, and I was hesitant to change to a school closer to home that was so new. I couldn't have been more wrong! My only regret is that we didn't switch sooner!! If you are looking for a top notch educational environment that compares to with any independent school in the Charlotte Metro area....your search can end now. My family loves everything that the school has to offer. My children are involved in music, basketball, tennis and cheer leading. They love their teachers and look forward to going to school everyday. My husband and I couldn't be happier!!

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Mountain Island Day School
8101 Fallsdale Dr, Charlotte, NC  28214
(704) 391-5516
Last modified Mountain Island Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Mountain Island Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top