High quality learning for all students

Making Community Connections Charter School (MC2)’s vision is to ensure each child’s success by working together with families and communities to interrupt the predictive value of race, class, language, gender, and special capacities on student achievement in our schools and our communities.

We actively seek to uncover, recover, and discover the unique gifts and talents that each child possesses.

MC2 works effectively with families, community members, and social service agencies to solve real problems and enable each individual student to become empowered with the knowledge and skills to use his or her voice effectively and with integrity in co-creating our world. Students graduate from MC2 as stewards of the public global world. They have the will, skill, capacity and knowledge to contribute to the greater good, and are ready for college, career, and life.

State and national standards provide the basis of MC2 students’ learning. All curriculum standards are linked to Career Clusters, guiding students to explore relationships between their learning in school and possible career and life pathways. Students are taught how to recognize their unique strengths and how to apply those strengths to overcome academic challenges. They are taught how to set goals and manage time, and they are guided in ways to become productive participants in their communities.

Learning team focused on learner strengths

The learning team consists of the student, parents and/or family members, and the advisor, with community partners/mentors as appropriate. Learning teams work together to identify students’ strengths and help them overcome challenges. Students and families are partners in this process. Parents are provided information, training, and a common language for talking about students’ learning progress.

Student and family choice and voice

MC2 is a democratic community, designed to provide ongoing opportunities for students and families to shape the policies and practices that impact their learning and lives. Teachers seek regular feedback from students and parents, and coach students on how to give constructive feedback that can be heard and acted upon.

Real life learning experiences

Through a variety of learning opportunities, students work with teachers and mentors to design personally meaningful work that addresses curriculum standards. Students learn how to take responsibility for proving their learning in relation to school expectations and personal goals. Students are taught how to communicate their learning through a variety of methods including projects, portfolios and presentations.

Community based learning

Students learn in community settings as well as in school settings. Students work on community projects and with community mentors. Assessment of learning is based on shared responsibility, between academic and content/skill experts, and among the learning team.

Our Vision

Making Community Connections Charter School (MC2) provides the conditions that enable each individual to become empowered with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to use his or her voice effectively and with integrity in co-creating our public global world.

Our vision is to interrupt the predictive value of race, class, language, gender, and special capacities on student achievement in our schools and our communities by working together with families and communities to ensure each child’s success.

We believe every young person deserves to have aspirations, and to be supported in every way possible in developing the will, knowledge, skill, and capacity to achieve their aspirations. Every young person deserves to graduate from high school with options: the option to go to college, and the option to work. Every young person deserves to have the skills and know-how to co-create their public world, to participate in their community and help shape the local and global decisions that will impact their lives. Every young person deserves to know their strengths, to know how to leverage their strengths to overcome or compensate for their challenges, and to know how to access and effectively utilize resources.

MC2‘s design explicitly provides multiple entry points and pathways to high quality learning for every child. Students and parents/guardians who wish to have more choice and voice in the learning process are the primary audience for MC2. Historically, we have found MC2’s design to be especially beneficial for students who are not achieving to their potential, academically, socially, and emotionally.

MC2 intentionally focuses on students’ gifts and abilities, leveraging children’s strengths while providing multiple strategies for addressing challenges.  MC2 believes that a high-quality learning environment can meet the needs of all learners, regardless of race, class, language, gender, and special abilities.

By empowering students to be contributing participants in their education, our community, and the diverse global society we live in, and by working with families and the community to create a learning community that provides students with learning experiences that are immediately relevant, MC2 believes every student, including students put at risk of academic failure, at risk of not graduating on time, who have dropped out or are far below grade level, or are over-aged and under-credited, can graduate with the knowledge and skills to be successful at college, career, and life.

Who to contact regarding the following:

District Homeless Liaison
Section 504 Coordinator
Special Education Coordinator

Christopher O’Reilly
chris.oreilly@mc2school.org
(603) 283-0844 Ext. 101


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