Our Educational Approach

Our 4 Tenets of Teaching and Learning

Our Educational Approach

Our Educational Approach

MACS is focused on student growth and academic achievement through a whole child approach to education. Our mission is to provide all students with the social and academic successes necessary to help them realize their potential for local impact and global change. To achieve this, we implement four central tenets of teaching and learning – Whole Child Approach, Student Growth & Achievement, Purpose Driven Learning Environment, and Community. 


Whole Child Approach – MACS believes that academic success is built on strong character qualities of respect, collaboration, perseverance, responsibility, and compassion. To lay the foundation for academic success, MACS will foster and celebrate students’ character development by building a culture in which students and staff work together to become effective learners and ethical people who contribute to a better world. 


Student Growth & Achievement – At MACS, we quantify mastery as both standards-based proficiency and individual growth across disciplines over time. No two students start the school year in the same place, thus MACS prioritizes the need to ensure students are receiving academic content that is equitable for their individual pathway and prepares them for success at each level of their education. Supporting the balance of growth and achievement across disciplines are the student-engaged assessment practices that position students to be leaders of their own learning. 


Purpose Driven Learning Environment – A quality education can change the course of a young child’s life. Knowing that, we take deliberate steps to ensure that the school, classroom and school climate promote both joy and rigor. The success of a school begins with the environment set within the walls of a classroom, hallways, common areas, and appearance of the entire facility and is manifested by the well-being of its community. 


Community – Families and community members are key partners in the education of children. At MACS, staff members make families welcome, value their contributions and backgrounds, and engage them actively in the life of the school. Leaders and teachers explicitly recognize that families care about their children’s education, bring strengths, and add value to the community.


With these four tenets, we make sure we are focused on the key aspects of making the learning experience a positive one for all students.

With these 4 tenets, we make sure that we are focused on the key aspects of making the learning experience a positive one for all of our students.

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A Day as a MACS Student

Miles Ahead Charter School is dedicated to meeting the needs of our digital natives. This means rethinking the current practices in education and offering a curriculum that speaks to the world our students were born into. This includes offering coding as a language, social emotional, wellness and character education, real-world expeditions of learning, and other opportunities to synthesize and apply their learning in the service of their local and global communities.

Our days for our students are filled with engagement and learning appropriate for each age group. With their academic curriculum, students will also be engaged in innovative instruction throughout their day to reinforce the application of their learning to real world situations, as well as to continuing to develop their character as social-emotional global citizens.

Components on our innovative instruction includes:

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Formerly known as Expeditionary Learning, Miles Ahead Charter School will use EL Education to create an environment where our students and teachers are high-achievers in the classroom, and also students learn to become global contributors in our world.

When students have completed their academic career and entered adult life, they’ll be judged not by performance on basic skills tests – but rather, by the quality of their work and quality of their character. This premise serves as the foundation for Miles Ahead’s overarching vision of increasing student engagement and elevating student achievement. To realize this vision, we focus on student excellence in these 3 core areas:

  1. Character & Culture
  2. Mastery of Knowledge & Skills
  3. High Quality of Work. 

The EL Education approach is known for building great schools in diverse communities, which is exactly what we are striving to achieve with Miles Ahead. To learn more about this model, visit eleducation.org.


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