VISITING FAMILIES AND TEACHERS

“At first, my son said a few vague, positive things about his visit to MC2.  Then on Saturday he started talking about how great it was and couldn’t stop! He was more excited and optimistic than I’ve seen him in a long time.  He said, “I can’t believe there’s really a school that teaches the way I’ve been talking about!” He listed many things he’d seen and heard that impressed him – one of my favorites was, “They have really intelligent conversations!” He loved the way the teachers related to the kids, loved the informality, trust, respect, and intellectualism.  We were thrilled that he felt that way – we were sold after the first 5 minutes! What a wonderful gift MC2  is to so many kids and families!”

– Visiting Family

“Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to visit MC2 . I was happily surprised to find that a community like this existed at a high school level. All of the classes I sat in on–ELA, STEAM, Social Studies–were incredibly engaging.  The teachers at MC2  succeed in making the material accessible, interesting, and practical. I really admire how the school’s approach to education is flexible and individualized while still being skill-based and career-oriented. I believe that this is what a holistic education comes down to.”  

-Teaching Candidate

“We’re very excited about MC2; Our daughter came home from her shadow-day with good color, a big smile, and stated that it was “Fun”. Further she stopped suddenly later on in the evening and said, “I just realized that life can always be fun and that she felt “light”. Thank you and everyone that makes this school possible so much- it means a lot to us to see that spark in her again.”

– Visiting Family

 

CURRENT STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

“If I were to create a high school that uses the most progressive and developmentally appropriate learning techniques, I couldn’t come up with a better model than MC2 .  Having students move through the competencies at their own pace (within reason) and having internships and volunteering, are all effective ways to learn.”  

MC2  Parent

“I felt that MC2  has really helped me pushed myself out of my comfort zone. This really surprised me. I felt less afraid to be honest, not silent and to be able to really speak out. I believe MC2  has helped me achieve these skills and I am grateful for that. I really don’t like being “the silent one” and I am really proud that I can now advocate and speak for myself. I’m not afraid to talk to other students I’m not really familiar with. I also have been finding myself contributing to what we were discussing. I’m not really afraid to share my opinions even if people disagree with me. I definitely think this is a result in personal growth and I think this is a vital point to bring up in my next gateway.”

MC2  Student

“I am looking forward to wiping the slate clean next quarter now that I have found out some things about me at MC2  that I can use to really get my act together and become a more productive version of myself than ever before seen. I recognize that the adjustment period is extremely long compared to a normal school but that is not necessarily a bad thing, MC2  is an amazing model and I am so grateful that the school was benevolent enough to liberate me from the traditional school experience I was previously trapped in for most of my life.”

MC2  Student

“I cannot even put into words how awesome it is that my son’s learning light has come back on since enrolling here and when he talks about your classes I even hear bits of joy in his voice as he describes his learning to me.  I know he’s not the best at documenting his learning, but as someone who has spent more time teaching him than anyone else in his life, I can tell you that you have engaged that part of his mind that’s been lost for a while and instead of approaching his classes with distaste, he seems to be embracing the challenges and learning doesn’t feel like a chore anymore.”

– MC2 Parent

“I just want to say that no school has ever gotten me to want to learn the way that MC2 has.”

MC2  Student

“I had so much fun in the Mathematician’s War studio today. I understood the information and formulas we were working with, so I think that made it much easier. All at once everything just clicked, and I don’t think that there is any better feeling.”

MC2  Student

“Third block with Elizabeth was very interesting, we were measuring or reaction time and it was very cool!!! I like doing math in a hands on way!”

MC2  Student

“I just feel so motivated and successful lately!”

MC2  Student

“I just wanted to let you know that in 5 months my child has gone from being forced to come to school and feeling like it might kill her – to be intensely upset when the car won’t start or she is sick and can’t come. I am very grateful to all of you!”

MC2  Parent

I just wanted to say again how great your training was on Friday.  It was informative, well paced,  interesting, and covered the bases.  And you were awesome!  You are a great teacher!  I thought you did a fantastic job – communicative, patient, and understanding, and you presented a wealth of information in a very clear way.  Thank you!

The info I found most helpful had to do with the ins and outs of EODs and of Google Drive – including the best ways for parents to keep track, help and motivate their kids to get their work completed (with all the feedback cycles and such).  I learned more about some policy details I didn’t know before, and also I found the printouts on the Credits for each subject area on the checklists immensely helpful.  

I’m reviewing what I’ve learned so far and still have a few questions on process that I am putting together.  As things become clearer to me, I plan to think more about how we can get this essential info across to our students and parents.  

Thanks again.  As another parent said, this is “essential” information and I am so glad and appreciative of all your work in getting this information out.  I do think that this is a great start and maybe we can continue to get this information out to more of the MC2 community (in some way)!

– MC2  Parent (in reference to workshops for parents)

I want to bring attention of my appreciation I have for the staff here. I talked about this before, but I think it should be said a lot more than once. All of the teachers at this school have given me the determination to do my work, and have given me the motivation to actually go to school. At my last school, I never had the motivation to finish my work by myself. When I talk to the teachers here, they don’t force me to do things, but they tell me what would best help me for the future. I want to thank each and every one of you for helping me get myself together. I know I know, you probably think you didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, and you probably believe that you didn’t do much to help. But you really did help me find my way.
-Natalie (excerpt from an End of Week Reflection)

“At first I had a lot of “attitude” when I got here, I realized later that I didn’t have to act out for people to realize that I needed help. I learned I could just ask the teachers for help and they would respond. I now feel good about coming to school, where as I ended up getting into trouble all the time at my old school and then just not going to school at all.

I was more motivated to work on my MOLO project because I was so interested in it. At MC2 we have many opportunities that other schools don’t offer. I especially love having a bike shop. School starting later and getting out at 3 works for me. I like that we will get to do internships.”

MC2  Student

GRADUATES AND LEADERSHIP

“MC2 School was a great fit for our daughter.  The setup of MC2 worked for her because she liked to write and was very motivated to graduate. The academic set up worked well for her learning style and all the teachers at MC2  really knew her, and she knew them. She wanted the school to compost and made that part of her education. She had an idea, and the school helped her, and supported her in pushing it forward. The school composts now, and it was a team effort. MC2  was the right school to help her get accepted into a good college.  We are grateful for the education that MC2  gave her and it was far better than traditional schooling for our daughter.”

– MC2 Graduate Parents

“In my mind, the first community in which I ever felt wholly accepted was the MC2  School.  Before I came to this marvelous school, I didn’t believe that I had a future. At fourteen, I was already tired of working in a system that didn’t seem to care about my well-being. Now, with the confidence and sense of belonging that MC2  has fostered in me, I am about to receive my Master of Arts from Yale University. Many elite and prestigious schools portend to guarantee such an experience to children who have been groomed from birth for this reason. Sometimes that works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Yet having emerged from this unassuming alternative public program in a working-class community in rural New Hampshire, I went forward with an advantage inaccessible to them: I attended a school which empowered each individual with the knowledge and skills to use their unique voices effectively, and with integrity, in co-creating our common public world. And for that opportunity, I am eternally and forever grateful.”  

– MC2  Graduate

You can leave MC2 , but MC2  will never leave you. The diploma is a tangible marker of completion, but it’s really about more than that. Kids don’t magically “get” the habits when they graduate – they’re growing in them every second of every day, in every interaction they have with each other and with staff. Those are the real bright spots and that’s why our wins are much more than our alumni count. Working with teens is a tricky endeavor. We will never be “done.” But, if we went through and looked at every single student who has walked through our doors, we would be able to see a qualitative improvement in their outlook, their proficiency, and/or their self-awareness.

– MC2 Leadership