Academic Overview & Policies

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McAuliffe Manual offers students a rigorous, well-rounded liberal arts education that emphasizes character education and international-mindedness.

All McAuliffe Manual students take full year courses in mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, biomedical/engineering, world languages (Spanish, French or Mandarin), the arts (visual arts, drama, band, orchestra, choir) and physical health education.  In addition to our robust course offerings, students have the opportunity to participate in many athletics, enrichment programming, service projects, field trips, and student leadership groups.

The learning environment at McAuliffe Manual reinforces the IB mission by providing:

  • Learner-centered classrooms. Students learn by doing. Teacher talk and lecture are limited to providing background knowledge and, when necessary, direct instruction.
  • Inquiry-based learning. Students learn by solving real world problems and answering essential questions.
  • Interdisciplinary, project-based learning. Students learn by completing performance tasks that integrate skills and knowledge from multiple content areas.
  • Depth over breadth. Students form deep understandings of essential learning objectives derived directly from the Common Core State Standards and internationally recognized IB objectives.
  • Opportunities for use of multiple intelligences.  Students are able to demonstrate mastery using a variety of self-selected performance tasks.
  • Service learning projects.  Students gain real world knowledge, skills and experience by conducting service learning projects and working to improve their community.
  • Mastery for all.  Students are not “passed on” with less than proficient skills and knowledge.  Students are allowed multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning and be provided additional time and support to achieve mastery.
  • Student ownership of learning.  Our goal is that each student is able to articulate: What she is learning; What success looks like; Why he or she is learning what she is learning; What she will do if she needs help and what she will do next once she has met her learning objective.
  • Capstone projects.  Students complete and present a community project at the end of their 8th grade year as a means of demonstrating the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in their time at McAuliffe.
  • College visits.  Students have the opportunity to visit a local university campus once each school year.

Academic Supports and Policies can be accessed on this page.


McAuliffe Manual Middle School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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