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 will provide an integrated, inclusive curriculum through hands-on experiential learning that satisfies NM standards for graduation from secondary schools. We seek to prepare students for an education in the media arts at the university and community college level, as well as to prepare all students to understand the role of Media Arts in the world and how people’s lives can be affected by them. Our mission stems from the need to provide an education that recognizes the extensive influence the media has on our children and society. Our vision is for MACCS to contribute sustainability to the growth the state of New Mexico is experiencing in the film and television industries through new generations of New Mexico residents, with marketable skills, playing important creative roles in these industries.
MACCS is designed to deliver a media arts education previously unavailable to high school students in New Mexico. The Mission Statement declares MACCS will:
prepare students for an education in the media arts at the university and community college levels, as well as to prepare all students to understand the role of the media arts in the world and how people’s lives are affected by them.
All core subject areas are functionally integrated with media arts. Students will work to create digital films, study journalism, produce television and radio programs, design web pages, and create short animated movies, instructed and supervised by professionals in these fields. They will assist in creating Community Outreach Media Projects on issues of interest to the local community and peers; and will engage in mentorship and internship programs with media industry innovators. MACCS students will enjoy full access to a cable television channel where they will produce media presented to the public as part of their class work. Our goal is to give New Mexico youth the opportunity to some day work as directors, cinematographers, professional animators and journalists here in New Mexico.
The MACCS educational method is an outcome-based model designed to allow students to advance in an individual program of study based upon their needs and interests. Each student will work with a team of teachers, mentors and parents to map out classes and to assess progress.