Overview

Middle School (Grades 6th - 8th)

Mountain Island Charter School's middle school academic program includes Honors and grade-level courses, and intervention courses.  Elective areas for students include Spanish, Physical Education/Health, Chorus, Band, Technology, Academic Support, Theatre, and Visual Arts.  Students experience real-world learning through the field study programs. Middle school learning also includes targeted SEL lessons provided regularly by our middle school counselor in their Social Studies classes. Leadership is integrated throughout middle school through student-led initiatives and productions, culminating with 8th-grade leadership project.
 

MICS NC School Performance Grades

2017-2018 - 69/C

2018-2019 - 82/B

2019-2020 - N/A

2020-2021 - N/A

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Counseling Department

Our middle school counselor provides regular Social/Emotional Learning lessons with our students social studies classes to help ensure future success not just academically, but socially and emotionally. They also facilitate regular small groups focused on providing additional support to students managing a variety of students for regulars check-ins, additional emotional support, and academic needs.
 
Check out our school counseling department's webpage, micscounseling.weebly.com.  There you will find information for each specific grade level as it relates to school counseling, contact information for the school counselors, a page of additional outside mental health resources, and information pertaining to college, career and athletic eligibility. 

Bell Schedule - Grades 6-8 (2021-2022)

1st 7:30-8:40
2nd 8:44-9:44
3rd 9:48-10:48
4th period begins 10:52
MS Lunch 1 10:48-11:16
MS Lunch 2 11:22-11:48
4th ends 12:18
5th 12:22-1:22
6th 1:26-2:30

Dress Code

The school implements a restrictive coordinate dress code to promote a focused and safe learning environment.  A K-12 progressive approach allows for increased choice when developmentally appropriate.  Success depends upon a cooperative partnership between the home and school.

Field Study Programs

Mountain Island Charter School field studies allow students to focus on experiential learning by challenging students to observe, inquire, apply knowledge, make connections and extend learning outside of the classroom.  Enable students to share experiences away from regular school life to help build and strengthen interpersonal relationships within our community through problem solving, decision making, and teamwork. 
 
Sixth Grade - Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama
Sixth grade students will have the opportunity to attend the Pathfinder Space Camp program.  This journey is oriented around the history of space exploration.
 
Eighth Grade - Washington, DC
Eight grade students will travel to our Nation's Capital to explore our country's most famous landmarks.  This field study offers the students the opportunity to experience first hand our country's most treasured memorials including the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldiers. 

Eighth Grade Leadership Project

All 8th grade students will complete a guided course of study via their Social Studies and Personal Development lessons on a career of their choice.  Students complete several employability activities throughout the school year to help prepare them for their final formal project, which often involves in-person shadowing of someone in their chosen field (depending on current health and safety protocols). Students typically present their project to a panel of staff members or to fellow students in a career fair format.  Students who excel in their leadership project are further evaluated by staff and peers to determine the winner of our yearly Pledger Leadership Award.  This award is named for MICS' founding board chairperson, Kelly Pledger, and it's recipient exemplifies leadership within our school community.

Off-Campus Physical Education Policy & Waiver

Mountain Island Charter School offers students in grades 7th and 8th to have the opportunity for off-campus physical education programs.  If you feel your student would qualify and benefit from this option, please complete and sign the waiver and turn it into Ms. O'Donnell.  Students must maintain a certain amount of physical activity outside of school to qualify, and complete an online health component before the end of the school year. The purpose of providing this program is to provide the opportunity for students to maximize elective course choice.

Guest Approval Form

A student requesting to bring a guest who is not a student at Mountain Island Charter School to a school event such as a dance or social must have a Student Guest Approval Form completed and approved before buying tickets. Students and guests must always act in accordance with school event rules regarding appropriate dress, conduct, and arrival time. Mountain Island Charter School reserves the right to deny any guest approval request. This form must be completed and approved prior to the purchase of a ticket. This completed form may be submitted to MICS in person, via fax at (704) 827-8675 or email: gherbert@micharter.org.