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. It serves students in grades 4-7 and students attend either Capitol Hill Elementary or Suncrest Elementary. MACC provides enrichment for high-ability learners whose cognitive, personal and social skills may be developing at varying rates.
- 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.
- high task commitment
- the ability to deal with increased pace, depth and complexity, and open-ended tasks
- willingness to reflect on own learning
- social responsibility and collaboration with other learners
- passion and drive for learning and strong desire to be in this type of learning environment
- high intellectual and creative ability
Consideration will also be given to additional qualities such as:
- 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
Candidates are identified in consultation with the school-based team, classroom teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians.
School administrators and resource teams can access the MACC Questions and Answers for Administrators that will assist with answering parent and teacher questions about the program and selection process. Schools can access this password protected document by contacting Emily Ginter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
As the learning and behavioural characteristics associated with advanced learners are diverse, a MACC model is a great 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.
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.
MACC applications can be initiated by parents or schools; however, both parties are involved and must submit paperwork for the application. There is a specific window of time each year when applications are accepted for the program. Please see our MACC Application page for specifics on this process and for links to the required forms.