Before you get to Lely, you always hear horror stories. Really, in my four years, I’ve seen three fights at most, and have never felt unsafe there. The classes you take determine what the outcome is going to be in terms of what you get out of it educationally. If you skate by with regular classes, you’re going to slack off, but if you push yourself the classes there are just as good as any other school if you make it that way. I think it’s the best school in the county, if not the state.
The education’s there if you want it. The school is a “D” school because there are students there who are new to the country, and it’s not that they don’t strive to achieve — they’re still learning the language. It’s based on one test that grades our school. I’ve had amazing teachers there who’ve greatly impacted my life. Every school has its downside.
Just like any other school, Lely’s going to have its good and its bad. It’s what you put into it that you’re going to get out of it. Basically, the (Marco Island Charter) middle school is kind of like a bubble, and when you go to Lely it’s more of the real world. The school has great teachers. You know, all you hear is negatives about Lely, but they really care about you.