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Elementary School

Elementary FAQs

How large are classes in MAS' elementary program?
There are approximately 32 students per class, but they're nearly all co-taught in grades K-3. That means there are two full-time, licensed teachers in each classroom!
 
How long is the school day?
The school day runs 8:20-4:20, the same as the school day for middle and high school students. We know this is a long day, but we also know that our students need to make tremendous gains in reading and math especially in order to be college-ready. We extend the school day because significantly more time in school means significantly more learning!
 
Do young students get naptime?
MAS elementary students do not take naps. We know our school day is longer than most elementary schools', but within a short period of time, students adjust beautifully to the long, but structured and engaging, school day.
 
Do students have a snack?
All MAS elementary students are provided an afternoon snack each day, free of charge. Good nutrition keeps our students energized and focused!
 
What is recess like?
At MAS, our elementary students don't have traditional "recess." However, elementary students in grades K-3 are scheduled for PE every other day to provide an appropriate outlet to release energy and teach and encourage socialization skills.
 
Is before-school and after-school care available?
We offer a free before- and after-school program for our elementary students. Housed in our multi-purpose facility, these programs offer supervised educational play. For our Old Coors students, we also offer transportation to and from the Yale-based before-school and after-school program, so our Old Coors families can access the same benefits.
 
Does MAS provide bus transportation?
MAS provides limited public school transportation to students. A bus schedule with bus stop locations and times is available in the main office as well as on our website. All grade levels ride the bus together, including our newest preschool students, but elementary students are separated from middle and high school students on the buses.
 
What is MAS like as a student?
We've built a culture at MAS that values seizing every opportunity to learn! We teach students structured procedures for everything from entering the building in the morning to leaving the building at the end of the day, and everything in between. These routines help our team maximize instructional time with our students, but it's not all work. While we value structure, we also value nurturing our students and ensuring that they find learning at MAS so much fun that they would come to school every day even if they didn't have to!

Elementary Academics

Reading, Writing, and Language Arts

In elementary school, students learn to read so that they can read to learn beyond these grades. As a result, in grades K-3, MAS students receive three 90-minute instructional periods focusing on reading, writing, and language arts. Our curriculum includes the Reading Mastery and Language Mastery programs, plus the Wit & Wisdom language arts curriculum. In grades 4-5, literacy instruction is reduced to two 90-minute periods per day, still three times more than what many traditional public schools offer. The extensive time dedicated to literacy makes MAS elementary students some of the strongest readers in the state of New Mexico based on K-2 Istation performance and PARCC and transition assessment scores for students in grade three and beyond!

Mathematics

At MAS, we developed our mathematics curriculum using Larry Ainsworth's Five Steps to a Balanced Math Program, which in turn was based on the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The five steps program emphasizes supporting students to not only solve mathematical problems, but to effectively communicate their understanding to others. The curriculum is designed so that teachers provide “balanced” instruction to support students in learning more than “procedural” or computational mathematics. The curriculum is deliberately created to support students in gaining a deep understanding of math so that they can apply their math skills and reasoning abilities to solve real-life problems requiring mathematical solutions. Our math program is centered on activity-based investigations, which encourage our students to think creatively and develop their own approaches to problem-solving and working cooperatively.

Science

MAS teaches the state's Next Generation Science Standards as a standalone course starting in grade four through high school. In grades K-3, science is embedded through the English language arts curriculum.

The Arts

We believe the arts are an integral part of educating the whole child and a critical part of the school day. Elementary students are exposed to various fine arts including art, music, and dance.

Physical Education

At MAS, we introduce a variety of sports and other physical activities to provide students with the skills they need to learn about and improve their fitness and health, all while having fun through activities that grow their fine and gross motor skills. The physical education curriculum allows the opportunity to teach active participation in group games, develop the habits to maintain physical well-being, focus on conflict resolution and team-building skills, and provide opportunities to challenge students both mentally and physically. Elementary students have physical education every other day to keep them healthy and fit, and to provide them an appropriate outlet to release their energy!