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.
Great school. We have been so pleased with this school. Great leadership from the board, staff, teachers and parents.
I am glad the school board is all white!!!! So what- so sick of reverse racism- cause that is what this previous comment is-
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).
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.
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.
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!
Teachers act unprofessional, administration defends them and kids are punished, (that is unless the kid is an administrator or staff child).
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.
I see much favoritism, classicism and racism. I doubt about equal opportunities and fairness in general.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have heard a lot of great things about this school. This school seems to be the next best thing to a private school.
MICS is true to its mission and is an excellent educational choice for our area.
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.
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!
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.
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