Mountain Island Charter School
Well my goodness

Charlotte, NC

#21 Oct 5, 2010
Well my badness wrote:
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I am not the one who posted about free lunches, free transportation, etc. I am a product of the "Free Lunch, Free Transportation, Food Stamps"... I know personally how it feels and I would never talk about or down to other children that need to depend on this help. I am the parent that supported the kids on ICE CREAM day so they wouldn't be left out.
My child is in the 3rd grade at MICS. I have not said anything negative about MHMS.
Oh I really have some years on you. Plenty of years of getting rid of pride and eating humble pie. Please don't turn into the other person that posted. You were quick to point out my negativity but never called this mom out for being down right mean. I've learned the hard way that we never know what tomorrow holds, and this can be a very humbling experience. Folks shouldn't feel as good as this MICS mom does about who might be or not be a good fit for this charter school. As I said earlier, minorities and those not as fortunate are not children of a lesser god.
Well my badness

Lincolnton, NC

#22 Oct 5, 2010
Well my goodness wrote:
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Oh I really have some years on you. Plenty of years of getting rid of pride and eating humble pie. Please don't turn into the other person that posted. You were quick to point out my negativity but never called this mom out for being down right mean. I've learned the hard way that we never know what tomorrow holds, and this can be a very humbling experience. Folks shouldn't feel as good as this MICS mom does about who might be or not be a good fit for this charter school. As I said earlier, minorities and those not as fortunate are not children of a lesser god.
I agree.
Wondering How Much

Gold Hill, NC

#23 Oct 9, 2010
How much does it cost per year to attend?
mthollyresident

Lincolnton, NC

#24 Oct 19, 2010
It is free. All charter schools are free. They just require more volunteerism and effort on the parents part. I have been pleased with MICS.
Spotter

Gastonia, NC

#25 Oct 26, 2010
I'd say some of the ones who are leaving want the grades without the work. :) Little Johnny will actually have to do something to get the grade and Mommy doesn't want to see him have to work so hard.
MICS MOM ALSO

Raleigh, NC

#26 Nov 24, 2010
Wow!!! As I sit here reading these different posts it saddens me to know that adults are behaving this way. We all must learn to agree to disagree. I myself have a third grader at MICS and he is doing exceptionally well. His teacher is awesome. She is extremely thorough and she works well with the kids. She loves them and in return they love her too! I think that Char-Meck school systems needs alot of work. That's not to say that there are not any good schools because there are. However, I made the conscience decision to move my child from CMS to MICS. And things are working out wonderfully. My son absolutely loves going to school now and he is very excited about learning everyday. So for those of you who have chosen another route, do not put down the parents that made the choice to move their child/children to MICS for whatever reason. I am not a product of food stamps or free lunch and neither is my son. But I am a single parent that just wants what's best for my child's education. And for me, MICS is what works.
just sayin

Charlotte, NC

#27 Nov 24, 2010
MICS MOM ALSO wrote:
Wow!!! As I sit here reading these different posts it saddens me to know that adults are behaving this way. We all must learn to agree to disagree. I myself have a third grader at MICS and he is doing exceptionally well. His teacher is awesome. She is extremely thorough and she works well with the kids. She loves them and in return they love her too! I think that Char-Meck school systems needs alot of work. That's not to say that there are not any good schools because there are. However, I made the conscience decision to move my child from CMS to MICS. And things are working out wonderfully. My son absolutely loves going to school now and he is very excited about learning everyday. So for those of you who have chosen another route, do not put down the parents that made the choice to move their child/children to MICS for whatever reason. I am not a product of food stamps or free lunch and neither is my son. But I am a single parent that just wants what's best for my child's education. And for me, MICS is what works.
I can crticize charter schools because I, along with all other tax payers, pay for them. I will criticize charter schools as long as they receive tax money without having to provide the same services as traditional public schools. They are allowed to turn students away, TPS have to share their school psychologists, diagnositicians,etc... with charter schools because they are not required to provide EC services, if a student doesn't meet academic and/or behavioral expecations they can send them away.

When TPS can do the same is when you can compare the two. Until then, there is NO comparison.
just sayin

Charlotte, NC

#28 Jan 12, 2011
MICS IS A WONDERFUL SCHOOL!! Go Raptors!!
LOVE MICS MOM

Charlotte, NC

#29 Mar 30, 2011
I agree that MICS is a great place for my child. Charters schools do get tax payer money but when your child leaves a CMS school, that money follows that child. Only around 60% of a charter school funding comes for the state. North Carolina charter schools are public because they receive a per-student allocation from local, state and federal government funds the same way traditional public schools do. This is a choice and I an so glad that I have it!! Thank you to all the wonderful teachers and faculty that made MICS possible for us!
What

Charlotte, NC

#30 Mar 30, 2011
LOVE MICS MOM wrote:
I agree that MICS is a great place for my child. Charters schools do get tax payer money but when your child leaves a CMS school, that money follows that child. Only around 60% of a charter school funding comes for the state. North Carolina charter schools are public because they receive a per-student allocation from local, state and federal government funds the same way traditional public schools do. This is a choice and I an so glad that I have it!! Thank you to all the wonderful teachers and faculty that made MICS possible for us!
This place is a joke! Just like everything else. Things were promised to get money and it never happened. I do think charter schools can benefit some kids but my gosh get it together BEFORE you start the school.
Advocate for MICS

Waxhaw, NC

#31 May 10, 2011
Hello everyone! Just wanted to give an update on MICS since we are dawning on the end of our Charter year. IT HAS BEEN GREAT and we are so pleased with the school! Yes...there have been some small challenges but only those expected from a new venture. The staff and educators have been really great. The children that I know of (spanning from K - 6th graders) all come home happy and well adjusted to their new school. The number of successful enrichment and athletic programs is STAGGERING for a new school and their level of execution has been impressive...all this while sharing our temporary location with a church.

Our Head of School and the Board have been a class act with true vision that is certain to take advance the school's mission and produce some very well rounded and competitive scholars! The initiatives that go on there are inclusive of families and will surely produce the type of community and family atmosphere that I know they want to see come to fruition.

I am proud to say that the population of children is diverse (socioeconomically) and my child is getting to know all kinds of kids her age. I cannot speak for anyone else but if parents are not pleased, I ask that they enroll their children elsewhere so that the hundreds of other parents who would like to be a part of this school can have a chance to get into it. Thanks all. GO RAPTORS!!!!
Concerned Parent

Stanley, NC

#32 Jun 8, 2011
My children are on a waiting list for MICS, and I hope and pray that I get that phone call soon. I have talked to parents of MICS, and all seemed very happy. They said it had some bumps in the road, but all new schools do and that everything is working out great. I would say to any parent...if you think for one second that your kid is going to go to a school and everything is going to be perfect, you are wrong. Maybe you should homeschool your child if you think you can do a better job. I have been very disappointed with the CMS schools, and the people who run them. I was a parent that volunteered 3 days a week and tried so hard to work with the school. Then, when we lost 18 WONDERFUL teachers within a year, and I went to CMS....nothing. It is nothing but politics, and it is not about the children any more. My children are not the smartest kids in the school, but they are well above average, and after those wonderful teachers left because CMS was not about the kids any more...guess where they are teaching now CHARTER SCHOOLS. WHY? because they are allowed to challenge kids and not hold them back because some of the other children do not understand it yet. They are allowed to push the other kids forward, and help the other children understand it at there pace. When I moved my kids it had nothing to do with the race or economics of the other families. It had to do with the teachers being allowed to do what they can to challenge my kids. I am so disappointed to see adults acting like this. No, I am not there yet, but it seems to me the parents that are complaining did not give MICS a chance and have unrealistic expectations, and seriously need to grow up.
Sick of MICS

Charlotte, NC

#33 Jul 12, 2011
There are two reason why everyone thinks MICS is SO wonderful. First of all maybe they had a bad experience or a bad teacher the year before their child "got into" MICS and that left a bad taste in their mouth or two, these people who "got into" MICS are working parents who have no idea what goes on in the classroom and thinks their child is at a private type of school.
To address the first reason no matter where your child attends school, whether it be a private school, public or a charter school, there is always going to be a teacher a parent or child does not mesh with...that is a fact of life! Learn to deal with it and take this opportunity to teach your child that sometimes there are bumps in the road...deal with them the best way possible.
Secondly, there are two diffent types of parents, those who do and those who give money...who is attending MICS? Kids whose parents both work and have NO CLUE as to what makes a good classroom...but yet they can give all the money in the world to make up for the uninvolvement in their childs education.
Lastly, I'm so sick of hearing about kids "getting into" MICS...come on..IT'S A LOTTERY!!!! Your child is not a genius, nor do they have some sort of special skill that allows them to attend this type of school.
Bottom line..MICS is money hungry and unless your going to help them raise money to build their wonderful campus or help out by volunteering your time you might as well just forget it...especially when you have many great public schools right around the corner!
Dawg

Isle Of Palms, SC

#34 Jul 12, 2011
Sick of MICS wrote:
There are two reason why everyone thinks MICS is SO wonderful. First of all maybe they had a bad experience or a bad teacher the year before their child "got into" MICS and that left a bad taste in their mouth or two, these people who "got into" MICS are working parents who have no idea what goes on in the classroom and thinks their child is at a private type of school.
To address the first reason no matter where your child attends school, whether it be a private school, public or a charter school, there is always going to be a teacher a parent or child does not mesh with...that is a fact of life! Learn to deal with it and take this opportunity to teach your child that sometimes there are bumps in the road...deal with them the best way possible.
Secondly, there are two diffent types of parents, those who do and those who give money...who is attending MICS? Kids whose parents both work and have NO CLUE as to what makes a good classroom...but yet they can give all the money in the world to make up for the uninvolvement in their childs education.
Lastly, I'm so sick of hearing about kids "getting into" MICS...come on..IT'S A LOTTERY!!!! Your child is not a genius, nor do they have some sort of special skill that allows them to attend this type of school.
Bottom line..MICS is money hungry and unless your going to help them raise money to build their wonderful campus or help out by volunteering your time you might as well just forget it...especially when you have many great public schools right around the corner!
Everything is about money. Get over it.
Gator

Charlotte, NC

#35 Jul 13, 2011
What happened to the days when parents sent or took their children to school to be taught and mentored? Teachers are there to teach and mentor and at the end of the day the child is sent home to his parents to also help in the education process and encourage the child.

All this parent volunteerism is crazy. What about the parent that's out working to clothe, feed and put a roof over little Johnny or Jane's head? THe more you ask for parents to volunteer and give money the more they feel entitled to have a say in how things are run. That's just what schools need more talking heads in addition to the other headaches they deal with.

All this extra stuff like piano, Scouts, fiddle lessons and whatever people on here gush about is just bull. Do it the old fashioned way if Johnny needs to play the fiddle or go to scouts, then that's taken care of by the parents, not the school.

Parents aren't bad if they don't get involved at the school, maybe they're like many people that help and encourage their kids at home after a day of work trying to provide for them.

If your kid's smart he's gonna be in a charter school, regular school or private school. All these extra trappings supposedly provided by the school is just what they are trappings.
minority at MICS

Charlotte, NC

#36 Jul 20, 2011
I have three black girls going to MICS. For all the people that is hating on MICS, dont knock it,until you try it. MICS is a great school,
Liz

Charlotte, NC

#38 Jul 20, 2011
it is impossible to please everyone, not all children will thrive in this type of school just as the ones that do, do not thrive in other public schools. The problem is more the parents than teachers or the children. Until we fix parenting problems these debates will be a standard discussion. My advice is for folks to work it out for themselves and be happy with their decisions. God bless the child that's got his own...
Go Raptors

Charlotte, NC

#39 Aug 21, 2011
MICS SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION IN IT'S INAUGURAL YEAR! Amazing things happened. Looking so forward to upcoming school year!!
justsayin

Charlotte, NC

#41 Aug 21, 2011
Go Raptors wrote:
<quoted text>Your day is coming! Be careful what you say.
Any school can get school of distinction when you are not diverse, don't have any free lunch kids, can cap attendance and have parents who are involved. That's not really an accomplishment - you should have gotten school of excellence with all those advantages. The public schools around you did - with all the disadvantages like 46% free lunch, 21 subgroups for AYP and 31 in a class.

When the playing field is equal then you can compete.
Former Parent

Saint Louis, MO

#42 Nov 6, 2011
My child went to MICS and it is not a sanitary school My child came home and told me about the mice running through the classrooms. this is not surprising as seeing how filthy the school is. Look for yourself and judge the school on its cleanliness. We took our child out because we were really worried about this. All I can say is look and judge for yourselves. Not just the offices walk the halls of the school.

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