Multi-Aged Community

An Alternative Program for Elementary Students in the Port Angeles School District

Multi-Aged Community (MAC)

Franklin Elementary
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 learners.

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.


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 advance.
  • 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.