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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.