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MACCS Finalizes Fall Term Plans

July 15, 2020 7:39 pm/By Jonathan Dooley

Media Arts Collaborative Charter School To Do Online Learning Model This Fall

Albuquerque, N.M. – The Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS) finalized their fall term plan today, opting to use online learning for all students. Parents overwhelmingly supported the plan. 

The school worked with families to learn what model would work best for students in the fall and 94% supported staying online through the fall term.

“We want to do what’s best for our students and staff,” said MACCS Principal Jonathan Dooley. “We want to create the most consistent learning environment for our students. Moving back and forth between remote learning and in-person learning would add unnecessary stress to the education process.”

When absolutely necessary, families can send their child to school two days a week. MACCS will thoroughly sanitize the school buildings the days that the students aren’t there. The students that need to go to the school to participate in online classes will adhere to a socially distant and safe protocol. 

MACCS is focusing on student safety this fall. Everyone, including students and staff, at the school will follow the PED requirements inside and outside while on campus. The students will also have to wear face coverings at all times except while eating and drinking, they must adhere to social distancing requirements, and must avoid large group gatherings over five people. The students must wash their hands when they get to the school and each student must participate in a virtual boot camp with the teachers about the online learning. 

“Teachers and staff want to work with our students doing what we do best in the safest way possible for the families at MACCS,” said Dooley. “Parents who may be wary of sending their child to school in person can feel comfortable with our online learning model.”

MACCS teachers spent time over the summer receiving specific training to create rigorous online curriculums for students that support the project-based learning and media arts education. Small class sizes allow teachers to maintain an engaging and productive education environment for students who will continue to receive individual attention on projects and get the most enriching learning throughout the fall. 

The project-based curriculum at MACCS is focused on the areas of photography, film making, web design, graphic design, and computer animation. Creative students can focus on choosing their curriculum pathway and create a rich portfolio throughout the school year.

MACCS is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year and is accepting applications from students statewide. The school accepts students grades 6-12 and is a tuition-free charter school in Albuquerque. To learn more about Media Arts Collaborative Charter School, visit or check out their Facebook and Instagram

Those interested in applying for the fall semester should visit Click here for the press release.

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