Academics

At Mountain Island Day, we have a shared community belief among our staff, students, and families that all students are entitled to a school environment that supports their intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs. We achieve this environment by:

  • Providing small class size and a caring supportive teaching staff.

  • Individualized and differentiated instruction

  • Hands on learning and problem-based approach to hands-on learning

  • Character education

  • Developmentally appropriate practices

  • Parents who are supportive of the environment we work to create for our students and supportive of school policy and procedures. 

  • Technology rich environment with one to one device in middle school-high school.

  • Parent Volunteers

Mountain Island Day School includes a phonics-based language arts program, a math curriculum that focuses on computation, logic and problem solving, a hands-on science and social studies curriculum; and additional programs including the arts, languages, character education, physical education, technology, honors and dual credit coursework available to our high school students. 

Our educational goals are:

  • To provide a quality education that strives for academic excellence

  • To inspire youth with a love for learning

  • To teach the basic foundations in language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, and the practical and fine arts 

  • To teach critical thinking and problem solving skills 

  • To teach good study habits 

  • To promote character development, good citizenship and leadership 

Curriculum we use:

  • Core Knowledge is our foundation curriculum for K-8th

  • McGraw Hill ELA-High School

  • Scott Foresman Envision Math and Scotts Foresman Middle and High School Math.

  • Customized Writing Curriculum using Lucy Caulkins 

  • Scott Foresman Middle and High school Science & Social Studies 

  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting

  • Mountain Math & Mountain Language - Academic Extensions

  • Learn2Earn

  • Amplify

  • Core Knowledge for Science and Social Studies

 

MID uses a Project-Based Learning (PBL) model for our upper elementary through high school students in which students practice grade level standards while employing analytical thinking, problem solving strategies, communication skills, and creativity to complete tasks and to present their findings to their teachers, parents, and peers. The grade level determines the content of the projects, however, the rigor of the project is differentiated according to the needs of the individual student.  These supplemental programs align themselves with each student’s academic ability.  These programs place the student at an appropriate starting point and then monitors his or her progress as he or she works through the program. The teacher monitors the student’s progress as well and makes adjustments as needed.
 

MID provides a rich learning environment, with in a small school model, where students are known as individuals and seen as valuable community member by their classmates and school staff.  Our upper school students not only participate in traditional core academic course work, but also have extensive opportunities to discover, explore, and develop their individual interests and abilities through a cohesive curriculum in a supportive, and creative school community.  Eligible Juniors and Seniors can begin exploring college course work through our dual enrollment program through Career and College Promise through CPCC.  Our goal is to aid our students in finding a love for learning at the same time preparing them for college, vocation, service, and for life outside of MID.  MID Students are challenged to reach beyond their comfort zones, think creatively, explore their interest, problem solve, and learn through real life applications and experiences.

MID upper school students schedules are divided into a four-period day, our A/B block schedule allows for periods of longer focused core class time.  We offer a variety of courses, which including required classes,  student-selected electives, and dual-credit coursework. 

A sample Middle School and High School daily schedule is shown below:

MID has chosen to implement a Flipped School Model in our upper school as a way to accelerate learning for students in the school.  The Flipped school model allows lectures, assigned readings, and videos to be watched outside the classroom, freeing up class time for students to practice problems, do labs or engage in other activities directly with the teacher.  This model will allow more class time for our teachers to focus on skills like team work and problem solving.

 

Student Life

 

Student life is vibrant at MID with dances, music performances, drama productions, service projects, Book clubs, Math olympiad, and athletic outlets.  Our students have the opportunity to serve on a middle school leadership team, participate in community service projects, or join one of our many clubs.  We have an annual overnight grade level trips that that combines hands on educational experiences and student fellowship.  

Graduation Requirements

 

All students must complete four courses in the core subject areas. Additional coursework is required to meet the minimum 22 credits for graduation.  MID recommends its students complete 24 credits including two world language credits.  Students must pass End-of-Course tests in Algebra I, Biology, and English II. HS Graduation Requirements

 

Upper School Structure

Mountain Island Day Community Charter 1209 Little Rock Road Charlotte NC 28214   PH: 704-391-5516

Visit the Core Knowledge  and Amplify links to further explore our foundational K-8 Core Knowledge curriculum.

Review our HS course offerings for 2017.  We will continue to expand offerings as we grow.