By educating and nurturing the whole child, a Mountain Island Day student does not just seek good grades, but strives to be a better person and make their world a better place. Along with scholastic endeavors, Mountain Island Day focuses on character, ethics, service, physical, and emotional health in a creative and positive environment that enhances learning and growing.
Small School Model
Mountain Island Day School has historically operated within a small school model and is continuing to do so as a charter school. A small school model is organized around smaller, more personalized units of adults and students, giving students a better chance of being known and noticed. However, small schools are more than just small in size and function; they are formed around three core principles: academic rigor, personalized relationships, and relevance to the world of work. Educational researchers have found that small schools tend to have better attendance rates, stronger academic achievement, greater participation in activities, fewer behavioral incidents and especially strong academic results. MID's class sizes range from 18-20 students in K-4th grade and 20-24 in 5th-12th grade. We currently have over 500 students enrolled at MID and will add students each year until we reach our goal of 936 students K-12th grade.
Focus On Character Education
Throughout history, character education has been the shared responsibility of parents, teachers and members of the community, who come together to support positive character development. Character education teaches the habits of thought and deed that help people live and work together as families, friends, neighbors, communities and nations.
Character education is a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values such as respect, justice, civic virtue and citizenship, and responsibility for self and others. Upon such core values, we form the attitudes and actions that are the hallmark of safe, healthy and informed communities that serve as the foundation of our society.
Practical Implications: To be effective; character education cannot be an added on to a curriculum. It is something that must be integrated throughout the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and social interactions that occur within the school community on a daily basis. It is centered around the development of the whole child in an educational climate that nurtures academic success through teaching respect and self-esteem. Students engage in a variety of experiential learning activities that include cooperative learning, role playing, creative thinking, problem-solving, and conflict resolution strategies. Character education must offer multiple opportunities for students to learn about, discuss, and enact positive social behaviors. Student leadership and involvement are essential for character education to become a part of a student's beliefs and actions.
At Mountain Island Day the concept of college and career readiness is front and center. Freshmen are enrolled in a college preparatory course where they research various majors, colleges, and future career options. This course is designed to begin counseling students to aid
them in creating future goals and establishing steps to achieve them. Students visit college campuses throughout high school and are able to get a head start on their college careers by taking dual credit coursework through CPCC 11th-12th grade and through Belmont Abbey 10th-12th grade. In 2018 seventy five percent of our graduating class took a college course and sixty percent graduated with over 30 transfer hours of college credit.
As a small school Mountain Island Day has always had a strong community. Our administrators and teachers are viewed as leaders and parents as partners working together with a shared vision of a quality education in a caring, supportive, and inclusive environment. MID provides opportunities for parents, guardians, and extended family to take part in their children's education. We host Veteran’s day programs, fall festival, school wide dances, grade level programs, K-12th grade athletics, and many, many, more opportunities for families and students to fellowship with one another. Schools who promote a strong sense of community:
Cultivates a respectful, supportive relationship among students, teachers, and parents.
Enables parents to take active roles in the school and in their children’s education.
Improve academic achievement.
Stress the development of qualities essentials to good character and citizenship.
Teach skills of collaboration, fairness, concern for others, and personal responsibility.
Provides developmentally appropriate opportunities for autonomy and influence which helps prepare students for the complexity of citizenship and democracy.
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