The central goals of education are intellectual, social, and career development. We at A. R. MacNeill Secondary School believe that this development is more a journey than a destination. MacNeill has been founded on the guiding principles of effective practice, flexibility, and choice. As part of a community of learners, we believe in extending learning outside the walls of the school building. Students learn to set goals and formulate plans for healthy intellectual, physical, emotional and social development.
Positive Climate - Every student is known, appreciated, and included; staff and students participate in the school’s decision-making process.
Dynamic Teaching - Teachers explore and employ a growing repertoire of instructional and learning strategies with their colleagues and students.
Depth - Students engage in challenging inquiry with their teachers. Students are actively engaged in their own learning.
Community Experience - Students are involved in their community.
Flexible Scheduling - The structure of the school day provides for flexible and variable learning times.
Technology - Technology is a tool that supports students as collaborators, critical thinkers, researchers, writers, and presenters.
Assessment - Teachers help students to set goals and to monitor, guide and assess their own thinking in mastering learning outcomes.
Professional Development - Teachers as learners explore opportunities to enrich the MacNeill community.
Balance – We recognize the need for balance in the lives of our students and staff.