MAS FAQs

How large are classes at MAS?

There are approximately 30 students per class, and many are co-taught, including nearly all classes in grades K-3. That means there are two full-time, licensed educators in each classroom to meet your student right where they are.

How long is the school day?

Our school day runs 8:20-4:20. We know this is a long day, but we also know that our students need to make tremendous gains in reading and math especially in order to be college-ready. We extend the school day because significantly more time in school means significantly more learning!

Do young students get naptime?

MAS elementary students do not take naps. We know our school day is longer than most elementary schools', but within a short period of time, students adjust beautifully to the long, but structured and engaging, school day.

 

Do students have a snack?

All MAS elementary students are provided an afternoon snack each day, free of charge. Additionally, all students get free breakfast and lunch, regardless of their families' income eligibility. Good nutrition keeps our students energized and focused!

What is recess like?

At MAS, our elementary students don't have traditional "recess." However, elementary students in grades K-5 enjoy PE every other day, at a minimum, to provide an appropriate outlet to release energy and teach and encourage socialization skills.

 

Is before-school and after-school care available?

We offer a free before- and after-school program for all of our students. Housed in our multi-purpose facility, these programs offer supervised educational play for the young ones, opportunities for volunteering and socializing for our teens, and free hot meals for all both before and after school. For our Old Coors students, we also offer transportation to and from the Yale-based before-school and after-school program, so families split between the two campuses can go home together.

 

Does MAS provide bus transportation?

MAS provides limited public school transportation to students. Click here to view our bus schedule with bus stop locations and times. All grade levels ride the bus together, including our newest preschool students, but elementary students are separated from middle and high school students on the buses.

 What does MAS' college prep look like?

Starting in sixth grade, MAS students take at least one free college trip each school year; they also receive strong test preparation instruction for important milestones like the PSAT, SAT, and Accuplacer, and work closely with our strong college and career counseling team to prepare for college applications and enrollment. We also strongly encourage our high schoolers to take dual credit courses at CNM, which is in walking distance of our Yale campus. Every one of our students takes at least one college-level class before graduating. We guide them every step of the way--and cover every expense--to give our students the exposure and support they need to make good life decisions and be successful at whatever they choose.

 

What is MAS like as a student?

We've built a culture at MAS that values seizing every opportunity to learn! We teach students structured procedures for everything from entering the building in the morning to leaving the building at the end of the day, and everything in between. These routines help our team maximize instructional time with our students, but it's not all work. While we value structure, we also value nurturing our students and ensuring that they find learning at MAS so much fun that they would come to school every day even if they didn't have to!