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The McPherson Alternative Center (MAC) is a program that provides an alternative to the regular classroom, that is designed for at risk students.

Our curriculum is currently provided through Acellus Learning Accelerator. 

MAC provides more than just an academic education. We are working on getting our students ready for life after high school. We collaborate with each student individually to prepare them for life in a career, college and/or the community. Currently, we have partnered with Kansas WorkForce Career Connections to provide preparation for employment and career opportunities for our students and Kansas State Extension Office for Foods/Nutrition curriculum, Teen Cuisine.

We connect with the community to find resources to help our students who are at risk. An "At Risk" student may be affected by environmental conditions (abuse, homelessness, familial loss, mental health struggles, poverty, trauma, etc.) that have or could affect their academic success or ability. While a majority of our students may experience some of the mentioned conditions, our center is not exclusive to those who have encountered such.

Applicants are to be interviewed by a committee before they are admitted to attend MAC. The committee looks at academics, behavior and attendance of applicants to determine their at risk factor. The committee then decides if placement within McPherson Alternative Center is the best place for their success.

Each student is still considered to be a McPherson High School student. They alternatively attend a remote classroom for a block of time. Students are still required to at least earn the same amount of credits each semester, as if they were attending the 7 hour periods in the regular high school setting.

The International Academy of Science is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has been advancing science and education for over 30 years. The Academy offers applied science undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students with important hands-on skills and experience needed for success in the workplace.

"Acellus was created by the International Academy of Science in 2001, and has since been adopted by thousands of schools across the country, and has provided education to millions of students in all 50 states and worldwide.
Acellus is an interactive learning accelerator. It combines technology and learning science to help students master content, learning more effectively (greater mastery) and efficiently (in less time). Backed by scientific research, Acellus delivers online instruction, compliant with the latest standards, through high-definition video lessons made more engaging with multimedia and animation. Each lesson is carefully designed to connect with previously learned knowledge like interlocking building blocks. Students can log in to take lessons from school or home, on any device."