At Mackintosh, we cultivate whole human beings with confidence, courage, and adaptability.
A whole-child approach to learning
We believe a child who is academically prepared with knowledge is only partially equipped to make a meaningful contribution to society and the world. We cultivate a community for the gifted child that is acutely aware of their social and emotional sensitivities and appropriately nurtures them. Mackintosh Academy’s holistic approach nurtures children socially, emotionally, creatively, physically, and cognitively in a supportive environment that models empathy, sharing, caring, and contributing to community. We believe in cultivating hearts and minds that are open to new ideas and perspectives.
At Mackintosh, the child is at the heart of all of our work. Teachers cultivate students’ individual learning potential while encouraging them to mature into whole, healthy human beings who are confident about their unique gifts and their place in the world. Our students develop a sense of themselves as worthwhile contributors, who have not only the keen minds but compassionate hearts with which to offer their special gifts to a world that needs them.
We take inspiration from gifted education experts like Susan Jackson of the Daimon Institute for the Profoundly Gifted who says: “… gifted children are endowed with extraordinary, global, integrative mental capacities. This brings into being a multifaceted dynamic which includes but is certainly not limited to extraordinary intellect. Rather, this uncommon capacity manifests as a particular developmental reality that affects all aspects of their being including intellectual, social, emotional, moral, physical and spiritual dimensions.”
Nurturing communication, empathy, understanding
We believe that traits such as being empathic and compassionate towards others, listening with understanding, hearing different points of view, negotiating, communicating, resolving conflicts and taking responsibility for behavior are critical in the development of our children’s social and leadership skills.
Learning does not occur in isolation but in a community of learners who are accepting of one another’s feelings, opinions, and beliefs and understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. We know that students in the 21st century are faced with the challenges and opportunities of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. Our educational philosophy prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning through engaged inquiry and reflection.
I needed a school that worked with the whole child, that understands that kids are individuals with unique circumstances, not cardboard cutouts.