Martin P. Mackay Education Center
516 South Cedar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451
Principal: Marie Goulet
The Mackay Center offers alternative programming which
provides therapeutic and educational services for students through a supportive
yet consistent environment.
The Mackay Education Center staff and the curriculum
we utilize emphasize communication and teamwork in order to maintain a
consistent and supportive approach in working with each student. Intervention methods used by staff include
but are not limited to behavior modification techniques that rely on positive
reinforcement, caring natural consequences for negative behaviors, modeling of
positive behaviors, and a community based model which utilizes the foundations
of restorative justice practice.
There are three program options available to students as the Mackay Education Center. A description of each program follows:
CARE - Choices, Attitude, Responsibility, Excellence
The CARE program is an option for that provides intensive academic and social-emotional supports to students. This program provides instruction by highly qualified special education teachers with the support of social workers. This program is designed to support students who may have difficulty with transitions or who need a higher level of therapeutic support. Traditionally, students in the CARE program do not attend classes at their home school.
BRIDGE - Building Responsible Individuals Driven by Goals in Education
The BRIDGE program provides academic and social-emotional supports to students at a less intensive level of support that the CARE program. This program also provides instruction by highly qualified special education teachers with the support of social workers. Students in this program typically do not require as high levels of instructional and/or social-emotional support as their peers in the CARE program. Students in the BRIDGE program may also be eligible (if they desire) to attend classes at their home school as based on academic, attendance, and behavioral eligibility as determined by the IEP team.
PACT - Personalized Academics, Counseling, and Transition
The PACT program is designed for students who find themselves lacking the required credits for high school graduation. This program utilizes an independent, self-directed learning environment and uses a computer based curriculum for both instructional delivery and student management. Social work support is provided to PACT students, as well as a transition component to enhance job skill development. The purpose of this program is to assist students in successfully achieving the necessary credits to receive their high school diploma while preparing them for their post-secondary transition.
The ultimate goal of the Mackay Education Center programs is to assist each student in reaching their highest social-emotional and academic potential for the successful reintegration into the general education program setting (high school and/or post secondary) and/or work environment while becoming positively contributing members of their communities.
The overall Mackay Education Center program is designed to address the diverse social-emotional, academic, and vocational needs of our students. Our program establishes a supportive learning environment necessary to develop a healthy self-image as well as assisting our students in the development of positive pro-social behaviors on their path to becoming positive contributing members to their communities.
The methods through which change and growth in students is anticipated includes but is not limited to:
The Academic curriculum reflects the coursework necessary for graduation from each district that sends students. Each student is given an opportunity to function at the appropriate academic grade level and curriculum.
Students take course work in the following areas:
The social-emotional issues presented by our students are understood to represent their response to personal and interpersonal stresses. Inappropriate behavior and inappropriate affective expressions, with adverse affect on academic performance, and functioning in social situations, are seen as symptoms of studentís emotional disability.
Students participate in the following therapeutic techniques to assist in remediation of these concerns::