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7905 Pleasant Grove Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Courier #: 462
P: 980-343-6948  |  F: 980-343-6954 
Principal: Tanya Branham
LC: North Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Grades: PreK-8
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About Mountain Island Lake Academy

Mountain Island Lake Academy is a neighborhood school serving the historic Coulwood and Mountain Island Lake communities in Northwest Mecklenburg County. Our school is located off Highway 16 within 10 miles of Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Mountain Island has a very diverse population with about 33% White, 55% African American, 6% Hispanic, 2% Multi-racial, and 3% Asian, and 1% Pacific Islander and Asian combined.  Our current enrollment is 733 students in Pre-K through grade 6. There are 2 Pre-K classes, 6 kindergarten classes, 4 first grade classes, 5 second grade classes, 6 third grade classes, 5 fourth grade classes, 4 fifth grade classes, 4 sixth grade classes and 2 multi-age classes with membership from first and second grades.

Mountain Island Lake Academy was established in 2002 as a Kindergarten through fifth grade traditional school.  Twelve years later, the school has transitioned as the first PreK-8 design school by choice as a culmination of 4 years of planning and transition design through the School Leadership Team and Charlotte-Mecklenburg executive staff and central office personnel.  Mountain Island enters its 3rd year as a designated STEM-focus school and Columbia University’s Teachers’ College School.  During the 2013-14 year, the school served as a professional development site for Teachers’ College as a CMS Phase III Balanced Literacy site for the 2nd year.  A Multi-Tiered Support Services (formerly RtI) model was implemented during the 2012-13 academic year; Mountain Island also piloted Measures of Academic Progress.  For the 2014-15 academic year, Mountain Island Lake Academy will focus on several initiatives supporting academic programming and continued student achievement including, but not limited to—

  • Collaboration with TD/AVID Studies Department with a focus on fostering analytical thinking thereby increasing the number of identified AIG students from underrepresented populations using a strategic PD Model for grades PreK-6;
  • Continuation of a STEM-focus across the curriculum creating a pipeline for STEM college-readiness and career paths;
  • Continuation of the development of the Balanced Literacy Framework;
    Implementation of the multi-age instructional delivery model;
    Integration of middle school component beginning with 6th grade

Our Mission:
Mountain Island Lake Academy is a school of high expectations that works collaboratively with our families and the community to create lifelong learners and responsible citizens. 

Mountain Island Lake Academy's vision is to provide an optimal learning environment to best prepare students to become productive participants in an increasingly diverse global community.

Pledge: I believe I can achieve!

Our Beliefs:

  • Curiosity and exploration stimulate innovation and learning.
  • Collaborative learning atmosphere
  • Educating the whole child by teaching, modeling, and rewarding good character so each child is prepared to experience success in society.
  • Working cooperatively with students, parents and the community to ensure all students experience academic and social progress.
  • Differentiating instruction to maximize every student's academic potential.
  • Recognizing and nurturing the diversity of our school community.
  • Challenging, rigorous instruction and expectations for ALL students
  • Relationships between teacher, students, and parents play a vital role in the overall success of the school
  • Every child should be challenged to reach his/her potential.
  • Use of data to drive instructions
  • Ensuring a save, positive climate
  • Modify instruction to meet the needs of individual students


 Attendance Policy
 Literacy Partners
 PBIS: School-wide Behavior Plan
 Student Activities
 The Island Cafe
 Thursday Folders: Home/School Communication
 Outdoor Classroom at MILA
 Awards and Recognition

Appropriate Dress:

The following guidelines outline the appropriate dress for your child to actively and safely take part in the instructional program at Mountain Island Lake Academy.

  • Send your child dressed comfortably to suit the weather and the school building.

  • Please mark jackets and book bags with your child’s name.  This will enable us to return lost articles.

  • Children should wear hats only in the winter to keep warm. Hats and bandanas are not permitted in the building.

  • Clogs, flip-flops and slip-on sandals are a safety hazard and are not appropriate for school.  Tennis shoes or shoes with non-skid soles provide the safety attire for the school day.

  • Shorts are permitted if the length is at least mid-thigh and fit loosely.

  • Halter tops or tops secured by strings or elastic are not permitted.

  • Upper torso and midriff should be covered at all times.

  • Baggy style pants are acceptable; however, they must be belted at the waist at all times.

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