MACC Program – Advanced Learning

MACC Program

MACC Program Goals

MACC is an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based program for high-ability learners seeking heightened cognitive and creative challenge in an inclusive and supportive community of intellectual peers.

Located at Capitol Hill Elementary or Suncrest Elementary, MACC serves students in grades 4-7. MACC provides enrichment for high-ability learners whose cognitive, personal and social skills may be developing at varying rates.

MACC Offers High-Ability Learners Opportunity to:

  • develop a depth and breadth of understanding of grade level curriculum in a rigorous, creative and intellectually stimulating environment,
  • connect their learning beyond the classroom,
  • be themselves and become integral members of both their cohort group and the broader school community,
  • develop the social and emotional skills essential for school and life,
  • gain self-management skills to effectively engage in self-directed and collaborative learning experiences, and
  • explore and manifest their true potential as learners and innovators.


MACC Curriculum Model

MACC curriculum model

Students who are successful in the MACC Program demonstrate:

  • high task commitment
  • the ability to deal with increased pace, depth and complexity
  • self-motivated engagement with open-ended tasks
  • willingness to reflect on own learning
  • social responsibility and collaboration with other learners
  • high intellectual and creative ability
  • flexibility in learning and a willingness to take risks
  • desire to become a self-directed learner and take responsibility for his/her learning
  • ability to be innovative and creative
  • strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

Candidate Selection Criteria

A student does not need a formal Gifted (P) designation in order to participate in the program; however, he/she should demonstrate strong evidence of the traits outlined in the application package.


Participant Selection

After all application packages have been received, results from the cognitive screening assessment will be reviewed and students may be invited for an interview.  A team of school district staff will then select program participants and notify parents of program acceptance by mail. Due to space limitations and specific group dynamics, not all nominated students may be accepted into the MACC program. Class composition is a major component of the selection process.

Please Note:

As the learning and behavioural characteristics associated with advanced learners are diverse, a MACC model is an option for some students, but does not meet the needs of every high-ability learner. The Burnaby School District is happy to support a wide range of high-ability learners within the regular classroom and through a variety of programming options. If you are interested in finding out more about the MACC program, please contact your school administrator.


District Locations

Grade 4/5 MACC at Capitol Hill Elementary
Grade 6/7 MACC at Capitol Hill Elementary

Grade 4/5 MACC at Suncrest Elementary
Grade 6/7 MACC at Suncrest Elementary

Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the MACC locations.

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