Marco Island Academy, a tuition-free, public charter high school, is rated in the top 2% of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post in 2016. The list is comprised of public, charter and private schools across America. Out of the 22,000 schools that were evaluated, only 2,300 made the list. Marco Island Academy (MIA) made the list at #255- landing the school in the top 2% in the nation. The rankings are based on results from the 2014-2015 school year.
Last year, MIA achieved a 97.3% graduation rate, with 85% of the graduates going on to attend post-secondary programs. Schools are ranked by the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of students who graduated.
There are several reasons for the students’ outstanding results. The overall education system on Marco Island is excellent. Tommie Barfield Elementary and Marco Island Charter Middle School provide a solid foundation for many of the students who enter Marco Island Academy. The school also has students who move from many different geographic regions including France, England, Sweden and Germany. The Cambridge international curriculum serves the overall student population very well.