A four-year program at B.R.S. Initiated by teachers
Developed with the collaboration of interested parents.
Designed to recognize and work with children as centers of
power, creativity, and intelligence.
Begun in 1991
Adult teachers: Louise Golden, Rich Burness, Kris Hart-Rooney, and Beej Ahern
Paraprofessional: Jayne Shiner
- four year stability within one program
- community building
- time to build long-term relationships
- extended family environment
- varied grouping patterns
- leadership roles for children
- attention to individual needs
- democratic process
- constructivist practices
- multiple intelligence theory
Within the MAG program, children are recognized for their inventive, constructive and intuitive nature. Children have diverse interests, abilities and strengths. All children have potential that needs an environment of flexibility and trust to find expression. The MAG Program encourages diversity in areas of study, exploration and invention. The importance of product and process are an integral part of the program. There is student-determined as well as teacher-determined project work. There is both individual and group work. While delivery may differ, program development falls within the guidelines of the district curriculum requirements.
Student decision making is emphasized. Personal responsibility and internal controls are important. There is an attempt to ensure student ownership for work and process. Student decisions and judgment are taken seriously and considered meaningful. Group meetings and committee work are part of the process. Students, in part, evaluate their own work. They share in the responsibility for the upkeep of their environment.
Opportunities for entering the program at other years are based on a case-by-case review and space availability.
A sibling preference policy is observed. If an older brother or sister is in the program, we reserve space for incoming siblings. This assists with the sense of family which is an important part of the program.
Students are placed in the program based on space availability. Should the demand exceed the number of spaces available, a lottery will be initiated.
We encourage parents who are considering MAG to attend the Information Night and the follow-up Question and Answer Night. These meetings take place toward the end of March. Parents will receive first-hand information from the teachers as well as program parents. Visitation hours are offered at the meetings.
The school has a professional collection in its Library/Media Center on multi-age practices, democracy in the classroom, child development, and resource-based learning.