Recently, the Marco Island Academy debate has taken on a new light. Jane Watt has deteriorated her cause to suiting the school district and attacking Lely. For this reason, I feel the need to put in my own two cents. A charter school should not be riding on a suit towards the very school district it wishes to receive funding and approval from. Nor should it be fueled by ignorance towards institutions they know nothing about. Ms. Jane Watt has most likely never stepped into Lely High School, and therefore she knows nothing about the good that goes on within its walls.
I attended the Marco Island Charter Middle School and I am now a student at Lely. The teachers at Lely are just as good and sometimes better than the teachers at the Charter Middle School and the programs provided at Lely are exceptional. I am actively taking part in band, AP classes, and sports teams and I have enjoyed every minute of my high school experience thus far.
I took the AP environmental class last year and earned a five out of five on the nationwide qualification test. The fact that Jane Watt would attack the academics of Lely is ridiculous and offensive, and my experience completely contradicts her statement that Lely is “one of the lowest performing schools in the United States”. Please do not believe the erroneous negative propaganda that comes from ignorant supporters of the Charter high school.