Each student is assigned a staff member as an advisor. Students are required to meet with the advisor who will conduct one-on-one weekly meetings to discuss important issues and help the student stay on track. It is the students' responsibility to meet with their advisor each week between 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. unless time of day is agreed upon.
Students must take responsibility for their learning at Mackinaw. The day-to-day program has been designed to eliminate most barriers to student learning. Flexible scheduling allows students to go to school around their ever changing schedule. Students spend as much time as they need in each class. Of course the more time put in to learning, the better the chance for success. Seat time does not necessarily equate to learning. Our motto is, "Success Through Effort."
How can there be flexible scheduling? The school is arranged into two hallways; Show Time and Self-Paced.
The Show Time hallway includes Science, Civics, Personal Health and Mathematics. Students must attend and complete assignments to demonstrate proficiency. The same class is offered at different hours of the day. The student may also get additional assistance during open lab times in each of these classrooms and in the Student Center.
The Self-Paced hallway includes English, Technology and Career Planning. Each student in each of these classes may be working on a different assignment. When a student has demonstrated proficiency he/she moves to the next objective on the skills checklist. When all skills have been demonstrated to teacher and student satisfaction, the class is complete. Some students move quickly, others at a slower pace.