Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) has been recognized as the fourth Best Charter Middle School in Florida by Niche, the largest website in the country for researching K-12 schools.
According to Niche, the school earned this ranking by scoring highly on a variety of factors. The statistical data used was obtained from the U.S. Department of Education and then analyzed by Niche’s team of data scientists.
Marco Island Charter Middle School has begun its 20th year. The school serves middle school age students who not only reside on Marco Island, but also students who live in East Naples, Goodland, Isles of Capri, and Everglades City.
Students primarily come from Manatee Elementary, Lely Elementary, Parkside Elementary, and Tommie Barfield Elementary. “We have a diverse student population with one-third of our students going home to non-English speaking households and one-fourth who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program,” said George Abounader, the school’s CEO and principal for the past 19 years.
“That diversity has enriched our school and made it so successful over the years that the school has earned a grade of ‘A’ from the Florida Department of Education for the past 16 years,” he added.
Abounader gave thanks for the recognition, stating, “I thank our students, their parents, our professional staff, our local school board, and the various organizations on the Island, including the Greater Marco Family YMCA, the two Rotary Clubs, and the Kiwanis Club for embracing and supporting this school. In many ways, they share in this recognition.”