MACC - Multi-Age Cluster Class
This district class provides academic challenge and social-emotional support for highly gifted elementary students through a intellectual peer group and conceptually advanced curriculum. Students participate in an interdisciplinary program designed to challenge and develop the depth and breadth of the student’s critical and creative thinking abilities utilizing a diverse range of higher level thinking models.
Reflection on individual learning style, social emotional development, the nature of excellence and group dynamic are integral parts of the curriculum. Defining personal interests and individual goals and demonstrating a personal work ethic are important aspects of the classroom experience.
Grade 4-7 students will be considered for the class based on skill development, cognitive abilities, intellectual interests, creativity, and emotional maturity. Minimum criteria typically include:
- Reading and mathematic skills two or more grades above grade level
- Two plus standard deviations above the mean on cognitive ability test
- Demonstrated ability to focus on tasks, enjoyment of complexity and marked motivation to learn quickly and to learn advanced level material.
- Students can expect to work with intermediate level curriculum.
Referrals are submitted by a studentès School-Based Team at his/her home school and are reviewed by a Screening Committee at the district level. Intake occurs once per year - applications are due in December for placement the following school year.
- MACC referral form
- Gifted Learners Checklist
- Psychological assessment (if available) OR Insight screener
- School Based Team minutes advocating the referral and why
- Parent checklist
- Term 3 report card from the previous grade and term 1 report card from the current grade
- IEP (if available)
- Any other relevant information
- Initial screening of all referrals by the MACC screening committee
- Students will be invited to a one-day challenge where they will complete a personal questionnaire, a math assessment and a writing sample, followed by an interview.
- Short-listed candidates will then be invited to a 2-day Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) where they will work collaboratively and individually on various challenges spanning the curriculum.
- French Immersion candidates will spend an additional day on French Language activities.
- Successful candidates will be offered a spot and invited to spend one day in the MACC class they were invited to join.
Students are reviewed on a regular basis and if a change in placement is recommended a referral is submitted to the Screening Committee.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
- A referral must come from a student's School-Based Team. Parent referrals will not be accepted. If you are interested in MACC for your child, the first step must be to consult with your child's teacher/resource teacher/administrator.
- Due to the overwhelming number of requests, interested parents and students cannot visit or spend a day in the MACC before being offered a spot in the class.
- Typically MACC is a minimum 2 year committment. As such, MACC does not accept students for grade 7 only. If there are extenuating circumstances, please consult with your child's School-Based Team.
CAPACITY AND STAFFING
Grades 4 to 7 (8 - 12 years of age)
Program capacity is 21 students
Kerrisdale Elementary: (French Immersion) Grades 5/ 6/7
Osler Elementary (2 classes): Grades 4/5 and 6/7
Tecumseh Elementary: Grades 5/6/7