Here is a list of frequently asked questions about Mission Achievement and Success Charter School. If you do not find the question/answer you are looking for, please contact us via email or call us at 505-242-3118.
Yes, MAS is an accredited school through AdvancEd.
MAS has 60 seats per grade at the elementary level and 120 seats per grade at the middle and high school level. Each year, our lottery will be conducted to fill all 60 seats in kindergarten and the available seats in all other grades. However, the number of available seats in other grades will vary from year to year based on the number of students that do not re-enroll at MAS. Once a student has been admitted to MAS through the lottery, the student does not need to re-apply to keep their seat unless they dis-enroll and seek to re-enroll at a later date.
At our Yale Boulevard location MAS Charter School serves students in grades K-12. At our Old Coors Drive location, for the 2018-2019 school year, MAS will serve students in grades K-1 and we will continue to add at least one grade level each year until we offer the full spectrum of grades K-12 at our Old Coors location as well as our Yale location.
The lottery is held once a year. MAS holds its lottery each year in April, on the second Friday of the month. Applicants are notified of the results of the lottery on the day of the lottery via telephone.
MAS is a public school, and there are no tuition or admissions fees. This applies not only to MAS, but to all charter schools in the State of New Mexico. From our perspective, MAS gives you the “feel” of a private school with smaller teacher/student ratios and individualized attention to student needs, without the fees associated with private school education.
MAS offers a limited number of school bus stops around the city. A schedule of current pick-up and drop off times and locations is available by contacting the main office as well as on our website. Additionally, there is a city bus stop located directly in front of the school, and MAS provides free bus passes for students who select to utilize the city bus to get to and from school.
With that said, transportation is ultimately the responsibility of the parent, which we recognize can be a challenge for parents who are interested in sending their child to MAS. As a result, we offer a free before and after-school program every day that school is in session. Our before school program begins at 7:00am and our after-school program begins at 4:30pm and concludes at 6:00pm. Again, there is no charge for either the before or after-school program.
Yes, MAS provides school meals including breakfast, lunch, and an after-school meal for students who participate in our after-school program. The best part… there is NO charge for any school meal. All school meals are provided to all MAS students, free of charge. We do require the completion of a school meals application at the time of registration. However, regardless of eligibility status, all students are provided free meals at MAS. Additionally, MAS elementary students receive a morning snack, also provided by MAS free of charge.
Yes, MAS is a college preparatory program for any student desiring to be college bound, regardless of current or past academic performance. We serve all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and gifted students.
MAS’ program is designed to meet the needs of student learners regardless of where a student’s skills are when they enter our program. Part of our program design is to close any achievement gaps that may exist in elementary and middle school, so that students are prepared for a rigorous high school program that prepares them for college. We believe all students are capable of attending and graduating from college, so if your child has a desire to attend college, MAS is an excellent choice, as it is our driving focus to provide students the skills necessary to be successful in college.
No, students can only be admitted to MAS or any charter school through a lottery process, they cannot be “transferred” in.
Yes, MAS offers both a before school program and an after-school program, and there is no charge for either program. The before school program begins at 7:00am, and our after-school program begins at 4:30pm and ends at 6:00pm. During the before school program, MAS provides early morning supervision for students, and breakfast is available to all students, free of charge. The after-school program includes competitive sports and other extracurricular offerings. A full meal is served at the start of our after-school program, and again, there is no charge for the program or for the meal. The before and after-school program is available every day that school is in session, including the first day of each new school year, the day before any break, and the last day of school.
MAS’ school day runs from 8:20am to 4:20pm Monday through Friday for all levels, elementary, middle, and high school. Elementary students do not take naps at MAS and are engaged in academics the entire school day. Middle and high school students attend five 90-minute classes per day and are engaged in bell-to-bell instruction during each of those instructional periods. We recognize that this is a long school day and as a result, minimal to no homework is assigned. With that said, teachers are allowed to assign homework and if it is assigned, it is expected that students complete the assignments. In the event homework is assigned, we are cognizant of the longer school day and we keep this in mind to make sure that the amount of homework assigned is reasonable and is an effective tool to enhance student learning, not just assigned for the sake of giving homework. Additionally, parents often ask how our homework policy affects students as they prepare for college, especially high school students. MAS high school students are required to take dual credit courses which are classes where they earn high school and college credit simultaneously. MAS partners with Central New Mexico (CNM) Community College as our dual credit partner. It is through dual credit where students receive “homework” and develop the skills of independently managing assigned work outside of the confines of the school day as they prepare for their post-secondary education.
MAS’ elective offerings are somewhat limited due to the size of our school, and they vary from year to year. With that said, to expand our elective offering, high school students have the opportunity to access a menu of elective offerings through our school’s dual enrollment program with CNM.