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Middle School Merit Scholarship

Featured in the Fall 2023 issue of Independent School magazine, MAC's Middle School is one of the nation’s first purpose-based middle schools. As students engage in rigorous preparation for high school, they do so with an integrated and meaningful purpose-based curriculum that fosters a greater sense of self and contribution to the outside world.  

MAC Middle is aligned with the unique developmental needs of early adolescents. Our small, nurturing school community ensures each student is deeply known and understood; our program empowers them to be confident thinkers and doers who emerge as leaders in high school and beyond. In order to make this unique 6th - 8th grade experience available to more students, MAC offers a limited number of Merit Scholarships that are not based on financial need for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Qualifying Factors

Merit Scholarships are awarded to continuing and new MAC 6th - 8th grade students who demonstrate readiness to fully engage in MAC’s purpose-based program.

  • Innovative Academics - Thinking: demonstrate a strong academic background and/or high propensity for success at MAC Middle
  • Exploration of Character - Feeling: demonstrate character by having contributed in a meaningful way to a community of which they have previously been a part and/or engagement in self-reflection
  • Fearless, Forward Mindset - Doing: demonstrate leadership experience or potential and/or interest in doing meaningful work
MAC's Middle School is based on multi-year learning cycles and the Merit Scholarships are awarded to students and families who are committed to completing 8th grade at MAC Middle.
Application Process
All applicants must fully complete the Merit Scholarship application process. Students selected as recipients of Merit Scholarships will receive annual awards covering 10% - 100% of their full tuition. Note that deposits and fees are not included in the Merit Scholarship. Families are eligible to apply for MAC’s need-based tuition adjustment program in addition to the Merit Scholarship. Please note that all Merit Scholarship applicants must have submitted a MAC admissions application or be current students. If you are a new family, once you are in the application process you may request the Middle School Merit Scholarship Application and it will be made available through the application system. Current families may email to request the application.
MAC’s Scholarship Committee will review all Merit Scholarship applications confidentially. The total number of awards and amount of each scholarship will be at the discretion of the Committee. Merit Scholarships will be renewed on an annual basis (there is no need to reapply) provided that the student is in good social and academic standing and all account balances are kept current. Please contact with any questions.
Key dates:

February 14th, 2024:  All application materials due including scholarship application and materials

February 23, 2024:  6th-8th grade families notified of admission decision

March 1, 2024:  Middle School Merit Scholarship notification

March 5, 2024:  6th-8th grade families deadline for enrollment decision