The Discovery Program's MAC approach provides the flexibility to
meet the individual needs of all students. There are three
combination classrooms (kindergarten through first grade,
second through third grade, and fourth through sixth grade). This
arrangement allows for developmentally appropriate grouping.
Students have the opportunity to progress at their own rates
within the different classes. When appropriate, they can also
move between classrooms for remedial or enrichment
activities (Statler, Larry, 1994, p 46-49).
The building houses four wings around the central hub of the
media center, which is electronically connected to each
classroom. Classrooms are large enough to facilitate several
instructional areas within each room, and a portion of the walls
between classrooms is flexible so that the instructional areas
between classrooms may be expanded. A separate multipurpose room, with its own entrance and independent locking
system, allows the room to be used as a community center even
when school is not in session (Elliott, Ian, 1997 p 48-51).
Weber Elementary is organized into three multi-age teams: Team
2 (six- to eight-year-olds), Team 3 (eight- to 10-year-olds) and
Team 4 (10- to 12-year-olds) (Elliott, Ian, 1997 p 48-51).
A three-year [multi-age] group offers the best opportunities for
students. The traditional division is 1-2, 3-4-5, and 6-7-8. There
are also experiences with a three-year base for 4-7 year olds, with
a reception, modeled on the British infant school. Decisions
about the transition to the next building should be taken in
consultation with stakeholders between and based on
understanding the entire development of a
child [Jenaplanschool: The Netherlands].
The following arebeliefs and/or mission statementsthat Multi-Age
School and/or educators have found to be true:
Partial mission statement: We are a multiage school by choice, as
we believe: All students are competent and capable learners. Our