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Media Arts Collaborative Charter School

Media Arts Collaborative Charter School Contact Information:

4401 Central Ave. NE - Bldg. #2
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Phone: 505-243-1957

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On September 12, 2007, the State of New Mexico’s Public Education Commission (NM-PEC) unanimously granted the state’s first charter to the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS) in Albuquerque. Before that year, all charter schools in New Mexico came under the jurisdiction of a local school district.

The Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS) offers secondary students a comprehensive, project-based, cross-curricular education centered in the media arts. We prepare our graduates for positions in the media industries and for the rigor of post-secondary education.

MACCS' exclusive media programs of study include film production, journalism, television, graphic design, audio production, web design, 3D modeling, animation, game development, photography, and art.

MACCS Middle School is an innovative model that utilizes differing levels, not grade levels, and Skills-Based grading, not letter grades. Every class is team taught and students/teachers work within a thematic unit, project-based learning environment.

MACCS High School students have options of 3) Career Pathways: Post Production, Visual Arts, Programming & Design. Within these pathways, students take Dual Credit courses and Internships. MACCS High School students graduate with opportunities for scholarships and immediate employment in the media industries.

MACCS student body is eclectic and creative. Students come to MACCS for many reasons, but mostly for a small, supportive, and creative learning environment.

Our 2016 Essential Question:

How can media be used to construct positive change in our communities?

Our Competencies and Strengths:

MACCS utilizes Hearts & Minds to build empathy, understanding and resilience amongst our middle school students.

MACCS believes in supporting every student, therefore employs a full-time Social Worker, 2) Guidance Counselors, and 3) Special Education Instructors.

MACCS partners with industry professionals to bring authentic opportunities for students. Current partners include: The New Mexico Technology Council, New Mexico Post Alliance, Nob Hill Studios, Media Literacy Project, Film NM.