The Marco Island Academy is now officially the newest public high school in Collier County. On March 15, 2011, the Collier County School Board approved the final contract for the Academy. Now the Academy organizers will to spring into action to make sure the school opens on time in August.
The Academy hosted its 2nd annual 5K race on Saturday with 92 participants. The event raised approximately $7,000 for the school and gathered clothing donations for families in need. The Academy is on the fast track to raise money to offset the start-up costs.
Since January 2011, the school has hosted three fundraising events and raised over $30,000. Over the past 20 months, volunteers have successfully raised over $105,000 for the school. This is an amazing accomplishment considering the school has not even opened its doors to students yet. Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution can send a check to: Marco Island Discovery Center, 740 N. Collier Blvd. Suite 107, Marco Island, FL 34145 or visit our website at www.marcoislandacademy for more information. All donations are greatly appreciated.
The Marco Island Academy is currently enrolling students. Applicants are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. For questions about enrollment or to receive an enrollment packet, please call (239) 404-3622. Once a student receives an acceptance letter, he or she is officially enrolled in the school. If the enrollment numbers near capacity, the school will institute a lottery. The school is free and open to all students in the District.
On Tuesday night, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Dr. Pellant discussed how he plans to revolutionize education in Collier County. The Academy will feature an innovative hands-on approach to learning. Students will be actively engaged in the learning process by working on projects. In addition to learning from a textbook or lecture, they will step outside the classroom for lessons in Science. The school will have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focus. Students will be encouraged to bring iPads, iPods, laptops and Cell phones to school and will utilize them in the classroom. The school will be completely student centered. Students needs will be put first and if a child is struggling, he or she will immediately get help. The Academy will not only focus on high-quality academics, but will also provide a balance of competitive athletics and other exciting extra-curricular activities.
The site plan for the school located at 2297 San Marco Rd, Marco Island is almost complete. Work may begin as soon as May depending on permitting. The plan includes modular classrooms connected by decks and shade coverings with a central lunch area. The school will start in modulars, however, the look and feel of the campus will not be temporary. Roger Raymond, the Academy’s athletic director, was quick to remind everyone that the highly successful Marco Island Charter Middle School started in modulars. According to Raymond, high quality education makes an excellent school, not the building.