MECCSMiddle East Cultural and Charitable Society (Cambridge, MA)
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The group of parents and educators who established MECCS wanted to educate their children through traditional indigenous approaches to learning and growing.
MECCS does not follow a traditional school calendar.
As a result, programs at MECCS are planned around interactive learning activities that focus on a holistic, visual, and team approach to education.
The MECCS staff believes that programs and activities should respect individual needs and help reveal the wealth of knowledge that is already present in each student.
It is through this knowing that the walking, hearing, speaking students in the grade five class at MECCS love and respect one of their classmates, who is deaf and confined to a wheelchair.
At MECCS, the focus is on respect rather than authoritarian discipline, and the school day incorporates a cohesive community-oriented environment focusing on harmony, cooperation, and group work.