McKissick Academy of Science and Technology

MAST Sharks LogoMcKissick Elementary School transformed into the McKissick Academy of Science & Technology in the fall of 2018!

 MAST is committed to giving students an edge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education, and it
 will introduce a Project-Based Learning curriculum based on the "three pillars" of STEM: Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering Design.

In January 2018, the school board approved MAST's five year plan to integrate its project-based curriculum. In addition to project-based learning in all classrooms, students will have access to the "Shark Tank," a computer lab and maker-space in which students will have the opportunity to showcase their observations. New principal Heather Touchberry is currently in the process of providing professional development for staff to prepare for the new theme, and making key hires such as a full-time computer science teacher to guarantee that students have unique STEM instruction.

 

McKissick will offer a Montessori program in a “school-within-a-school” setting with two Montessori classrooms.  The Montessori Method of education is a child-centered educational approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive. The Montessori Primary Class will be for grades 3K through 5K and the Montessori Lower Elementary program will be for grades 1st through 3rd.  

Students who live in the McKissick Elementary School zone are automatically approved to attend MAST. The school also encourages students outside the McKissick zone to attend on school choice! The district does not provide transportation for students attending outside the school’s zone. If the number of school choice applications exceed school capacity, the school district will use a lottery system to determine admission.