MCS challenges all schools to "Move Each Student to the Next Level" by:
- Analyzing multiple sources of data.
- Using the data to guide instruction.
- Providing quality, differentiated instruction to meet the needs of every learner.
- Coaching teachers for effective teaching within a differentiated learning environment.
- Developing professional learning communities to sustain learning.
MCS has embraced a 3D Approach to accelerate student achievement. Schools are expected to:
- Differentiate instruction for the learners based on readiness, interest, etc. to prevent learning gaps;
- Teach to the appropriate depths of knowledge to prepare students for higher order thinking;
- Study a concept of backward planning, based on the principles of Understanding by Design.
Elementary schools implement a balanced literacy approach to teaching reading that encompasses the other content areas. Where appropriate, science, social studies, and math are integrated into the reading curriculum for building background knowledge, and making connections across the disciplines. The Benchmark Assessment System, by Fountas and Pinnell, is used to differentiate the levels of the learners for appropriate instruction in small, guided reading groups. Hands-on mathematics and problem-solving are a daily part of elementary classrooms, in an effort to develop confident critical thinkers.
Middle schools implement a balanced literacy approach to reading that encompasses the other content areas. These schools have also adopted reading strategies that incorporate more student led learning. All subjects are focused on building better thinkers and problems-solvers who can apply knowledge in new situations.
High Schools implement best practices for differentiating instruction utilizing interests and learning styles. Variation of instructional delivery is required and students are challenged to become analytical thinkers. Many accelerated courses are offered, along with dual enrollment.