An Alternative Program for Elementary Students in the Port Angeles School District
Multi-Aged Community (MAC)
2505 South Washington
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Open to elementary students grades one through five in the Port Angeles School District
The Multi-Aged Community features approximately
120 elementary aged children in grades one through five. Teachers,
community volunteers and supportive parents work together in grade
level and multi-aged settings designed to develop independent lifelong
In the multi-aged community, students are expected to be
responsible for their learning and behavior. They are guided in their
learning to become disciplined, motivated, and confident in their
abilities. Children are encouraged to rely upon themselves and to
cooperate and share with others.
The curriculum is based on school district and state
guidelines and student interest areas. Basic skills, as well as
critical thinking and problem solving, are vital components of the
program. Students are expected to work to achieve district and state
standards in all subject areas.
Flexible grouping and room arrangement allow a variety of
teaching strategies to be used to assist students in successfully
reaching their full potential in all areas.
MULTI-AGE COMMUNITY COMMITTEE
Enrichment Clusters allow multi-aged groups of
students who share a common interest to come together during specially
designated time blocks to produce a product, performance or targeted
service based on that common interest. Clusters usually last for
two-three weeks and are held twice a year. Parents and community
volunteers facilitate Enrichment Clusters as they evolve according to
each particular group’s interests and needs.
As in any classroom, parents are expected to keep
informed of their child’s progress throughout the year by phone
calling, visiting the classroom, attending conferences, and looking at
work brought home. We encourage parents to volunteer and be involved
in the classroom in the following ways:
- Weekly classroom helper, clerical work, work with students
- Enrichment clusters, planning team, cluster facilitator/assistant
- Fundraising project
- Field trips chaperone
- Representative to PTO
MAC-PAC (Multi-Aged Community Parent Action Committee)
- Parents are expected to attend one of two MAC-PAC meetings held in the fall and spring. Dates and times will be announced.
- A brochure and a request form will be available from the
Franklin Elementary Office or the Port Angeles School District
Central Services Building, 216 East Fourth Street, during the enrollment
period. Parents are expected to visit the MAC to observe and have a
first-hand experience in this setting during parent visitation week at
Franklin. Specific enrollment and visitiation dates will be announced in
- Parents are encouraged to learn more about the program by
attending an evening meeting in February for an introduction to the
program. This meeting will be announced in the Peninsula Daily News and on KONP Radio 1450.
Students living outside of Franklin’s attendance area are responsible for their own transportation.