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Mount Holly, NC
Students enrolled: 810

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13440 Lucia Riverbend Highway
Mount Holly, NC 28120

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(704) 827-8840
(704) 827-8675
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March 26, 2015
Our family has attended this school from the day it opened. First few years we really thought it was a sound educational institution but as we keep moving up in the school, we see the problems arising and there are a lot of reasons why which I can't get into. I think the elementary school is great but as the kiddos reach middle and upper school, tests scores go down and the teaching does as well. Still looking to transfer my kids out but are pretty much stuck there until then. I know a lot of families who have been there since day one as well, have been transferring their kids and we are the families who are the core of that school (volunteers, fundraising, donations) and I just see this school going down quickly as all of these wonderful people are leaving. Who is going to be left to do the volunteering or fundraising or donating to special projects or to the classrooms? It's very sad really. I am one looking to get out while I can.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
I now have FOUR children who attend MICS. This will be my second year at the school and I LOVE IT!!!!!! The communication in my opinion is great. There has never been a time that I wasn't notified about anything going on at the school. There is the advantage of powerschool to keep track of your childs attendance, grades for classwork and HW assignments. There is FB and emails that are kept up to date as well as the school website is always updated as things happen. I can honestly say that everyone's experience is different, however, my experience so far is great and I look forward to another prosperous year at MICS. With transportation, breakfast and lunch programs, it will be that much sweeter. #SatisfiedParent

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2014
My child started MICS in 5th grade! She will walk in Monday morning to start her freshman year! I work in public school. I am thrilled with the education she is receiving. She has grown as a student and as a young lady. I am pleased with her teachers as well as adminstration. She doesn't get lost in the system. I have never felt unwelcomed nor has my husband ( we both work). The MICS website is always update to date. Mics is growing she enjoys playing soccer for her school. We are truly blessed to be at MICS. I could not ask for a better school to send my most precious gift too. I am a proud MICS mom!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
This is our second year at the school and we are considering other options for next year. There is favoritism at this school. I have personally witnessed children chastised for behaviors while the behavior of children whose parents work at the school is overlooked. There are far too many of these children or children of overly involved parents. Typical working couples will not feel welcome here. The communication is horrendous. The staff needs to revisit the basics of communication skills and provide parents with what they need to know and when they need to know it. As only one of many examples to relay, the bell schedule changed this year. To date, absolutely no communication was sent about the change in car riders drop off times. This effectively puts those who need to be at work at the mercy of their incredibly poorly run before school program. Overall, I would not recommend.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I am getting ready to register my son for kindergarten in the next couple weeks and so far I am very happy with my experience with MICS. They have answered my questions in a timely manner, they have always been pleasant to deal with and shown me nothing but respect. I have had experiences with other charter schools where they were pushy and rude. I am eager to see what happens in the fall at MICS.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
MICS was a terrible place to work! The teachers are expected to write unrealistic lesson plans with overtly detailed report cards. Several teachers have left the teaching field completely after working there. Unless you have a "colt" like mentality, your life will be challenging! They (board and administration) are "creative" with finances and can't be trusted. I left for a better situation and have been much happier since. The turnover of staff is less than desirable and more people are unhappy than happy. Most parents keep kids there as a better of two evils (community school is worse than MICS) and a place holder until they can get into a better charter school. Looks are deceiving and there are much better charter programs available. I WOULD NOT send my own children there!

- submitted by a community member
November 14, 2013
This is a wonderful school.My grandson has been there Two years.He has one of the best teachers that he has ever had.Mrs.Amy takes extra time to make sure he is working at his level.He has struggled in the public school.Here he is Learning and not just being left behind.We know all his teachers are working together to make sure he feels like everyone else.I love knowing the teachers care about him.We are so glad he is at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
MICS has fostered an amazing energetic environment of teachers, staff, and families that work together for the good of each student who attends. The Admins have developed systems that allow teachers to work smarter, and not necessarily harder. There is a strong emphasis on leadership, service, and building character traits among all students. The parent volunteers are amazing and offer much support! Academic test scores are good. Behavior is much better than surrounding schools. Students are learning Spanish, using Chrome books, and running mock elections for Pres of the USA. Athletics are growing, and many new kinds of teams are being added each year. The arts are lovely here. The Spirit assemblies, Raptor Runs, and service projects bring the school together.It feels more like a family than a school. Each year is better than the last. Our Head of school is elegant and personable with passion and a clear vision. Money is handled with diligence and teachers have a better chance at getting a raise or having more planning time than a non-charter school. No place is perfect. But looking at it from the inside out, this school is close to it!

- submitted by a teacher
August 28, 2013
For those of you with negative attitudes farewell!! While I will not give this school a perfect score yet, I am very proud of all of the accomplishments. Some people will never be happy. Is our school perfect no it's not but you will not find one that is. Overall I have been pleased with a few small exceptions. My child who is in middle school loves it at MICS. I feel as though the children are challenged and are going to have some upcoming amazing opportunities. Each family has different expectations and some will never be pleased. I have found instead of complaining and jumping in to make things more positive has made me see things in a different way. So remember while your wasting your time complaining to others of how bad everything is maybe you could put your effort towards making the school better and even making suggestions. If we all stick together we can help make this school be one of the best! I am grateful to have this experience for my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
This school overall is just "fair" in my eyes...unfortunately there is more bad than good. The athletic department is a joke. The administration is worthless. Most families that I know are unhappy overall with the school. Keep in mind this school is only 3 years old, so a lot of these things are expected with a new school, but unfortunately they do not have good people in place making decisions so in my opinion that has to change in order for the school to succeed. The school building plan and facilities was poorly written and has been drug out for what seems like forever.(school is starting 2 weeks late because of this) The teachers are a toss up, we have had excellent teachers some of the best and we have had some of the worse as well. Overall unless my child was very young like just starting school, I probably would send my child to public school instead. I do think (with the right people in place) this school should be awesome in 5-10 years, but not now!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
This school sucks. Send your children to the MI school system instead of this charter school. Transferred my children out.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
I love MICS! MICS was a God send for us. I have a son who started in 9th grade being antisocial and withdrawn.His Teachers and peers brought him out of his shell and he loves school now. My son is very involved and his Teachers have been awesome. I wouldn't want him to go to any other school.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
This school is a great place to be! Parents are extremely involved (sometimes a little too much, but almost always with good intentions) and teachers here are excited to teach in engaging ways. They care. Though the costs (hot lunches, events, fund-raising, etc) can get obnoxious, it's worth it for the peace of mind that students are safe, learning, and growing in a positive environment. The school is very new, so there are issues that are always being worked out. Overall, MICS is an excellent school! And for those concerned about diversity/race/classism, that's absolutely not the case. There are numerous African American families (and other races, cultures, and ethnicity) represented at MICS and their families are given an equal opportunity to be involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
Great school. We have been so pleased with this school. Great leadership from the board, staff, teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
While I am currently no advocate for this school (as we have been there for the past 3 years), they did have a non-white board member at the beginning. Due to work obligations, he resigned last year (I think).

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
My experience with MICS does not render positive remarks. We removed our child from the middle school. We noticed that MICS lacks DIVERSITY. They have an all white board, all white administration and teaching staff is all white with the exception of two minority teachers. In 2013 this is a red flag. If you are the parent to an elementary school student you may not feel the same as the fundementals of that population consist of early academia. However when your child gets to middle school and they start to experience normal adolescent situations, you don't want an administration who is destined to insight unrealistic consequences for the least infraction. The administration never admits fault for anything they do but will beg for money for the school and to purchase teachers electonic tablets for Christmas. They have yet to raise money to purchase lockers, books or other pertinent equiptment for the school. Administration is not open to parental involvement if it does not correlate with their interest. It would be best if this school did not receive tax dollars as it runs like a private school with a individual adgenda.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
A unique and wonderful addition to our community. A wonderul board with a great vision as well as administrators who challenge the typical and possibly boring ways of teaching and seem to think outside the box when creating curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
MICS has been a wonderful influence on my children's education. They thrive on finding unique ways to teach the students and meet their individual needs. The MICS environment feels like a village striving to raise our future leaders by strengthening our students' character, confidence, and intellect. Thank you MICS!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
Teachers act unprofessional, administration defends them and kids are punished, (that is unless the kid is an administrator or staff child).

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
The unique and exciting learing environement that my first grade recieves is exceptional. I Volunteer often at the lower school. MICS is diffrent. The culture at the school is outstanding. Students, teachers, admin, and parents are always so happy and excited about school when I am there. This, along with the acidemics, makes my daughter and I very happy to be at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2013
I see much favoritism, classicism and racism. I doubt about equal opportunities and fairness in general.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2013
This school is the worst experience my middle schooler has ever had. She has had 3 teachers this year, and teacher turn around yearly in the school is astronomical. The school provides no books, ebooks or any updated versions of anything. Instead tons of paper is wasted with worksheets. I thought I was going to get better than the local public schools here. Not so!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2013
I agree with the last two posts. The administration is more concerned about what the public thinks of their school, then their own. What should come first are the children, not the press.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
I can say nothing but good things about MICS. My son is in 1st grade, I have spent time tutoring middle schoolers and substitute teaching, so I get to see both sides of the operation (parent and educator). Uniforms mean less fuss to get out the door, classrooms in middle/upper don't have 30+ students as the local schools do, and if you coordinate carpooling the commute is very manageable from multiple areas. Yes, there are several fundraising efforts but these are, to some extent at all schools and I have never felt pressured to do everything. A raffle for a special parking space (no carpool line!) and selling buckets of tide half off what I would pay in the store are creative! Field studies, annual trip for older kids run $400 but there is assistance if you ask. I'd rather know and plan then my child be at a local school where these opportunities are not offered. Great parent involvement and volunteers. Hope to see more opportunities as school grows (band program, more Spanish, beta club). After school sign up activities are great (golf, mad science) but expensive if your child is not in regular after school program. That is probably the one thing I would change.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
We have 2 children (soon to be 3) attending MICS. It is a fabulous school! Their focus on leadership skills in all children, as well as the love of the school that all the staff and kids have is amazing. They also have many after school sports available to children starting in Kindergarten (and they are planning to add more). Also, with the amount of parental involvement in the students who attend there, the level of education my children are receiving far exceeds what they would get at our local elementary school. We can't say enough good things about Mountain Island Charter School!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
I have two children attending MICS and they are receiving excellent instruction. Parent involvement is very high. The school continues to seek ways to improve upon what they do. We are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
I have heard a lot of great things about this school. This school seems to be the next best thing to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2012
MICS is true to its mission and is an excellent educational choice for our area.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
Mountain Island Charter school is great choice for children. It teaches about leadership and coming together as a community. I highly recommend this school. Please learn about charter schools and the choice they offer parents, students and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
I can't afford this school!!! Field trips cost $400+, sports cost $95, afterschool programs cost close to $200 and my family is constantly being asked for money for the building fund. MICS acts more like a private school than a public school!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
We are so happy to be a part of this wonderful school! The teachers, administration and board have done a wonderful job developing a curriculum that addresses the needs of all children. The passion that the teachers have for teaching and for the school has been evident, and has greatly affected our children's love of learning. The lessons and related field studies are creative, challenging and relative. The parents, teachers and administration have come together to form a group that can listen to each other, give ideas and feedback, and support each other. We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
I have two children at MICS. We have been very pleased with the quality education our children are receiving. The teachers are given the freedom to teach and add their personal touches which was not allowed when we attended public schools. The sense of community is very apparent throughout the organization. We strongly recommend MICS!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
I hope to see MICS rise to a 5 star community rating and a level 10 rating from Great Schools, but for now, I must only rate the school as average due to a lack of partnership between parents and administration. The administration or board has not allowed for the establishment of a PTA even though a PTA is part of the school's charter. Parents want a voice but any efforts toward this end are being obstructed by the board and administration.

- submitted by a parent

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Mountain Island Charter School
13440 Lucia Riverbend Highway, Mount Holly, NC  28120
(704) 827-8840
Last modified Mountain Island Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-7. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mountain Island Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top