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(maac) mindful awareness academy


We strive to address the growing need to support children of color, not only academically but emotionally and socially.

The MAAC serves local districts, including the South Orange-Maplewood School District and the Montclair Public School District, which demonstrate a severe Achievement Gap and have distinct and unacceptable paths of learning, reaching a crescendo of inequality at the most critical moment of opportunity in a young person’s life: high school graduation.

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Objectives


With your help, we can improve our community, set our children up for success and change the world. Our goals include:


    • Increase the number of students of color enrolled in the English-Language Arts (ELA) Advanced Placement, High Honors and Honors courses.
    • Increase the sustainability of students enrolled in Advanced Placement, High Honors, and Honors level instruction.
    • Increase attitude and confidence towards learning.
    • Improve attention, self-control, and resilience based on mindful practices.
    • Increase awareness and knowledge regarding the racial disparities of the educational system.

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After School Program

Mon. – Fri.
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Tutoring & Support

English-Language Arts (ELA)
Support

Summer Camp

Summer ELA
Bootcamp

Mindfulness

Mindfulness
Practices

Parent Workshop

Parent Networking &
Workshop Series

Wellness

Social & Emotional
Wellness

Seminars

Disparities in Education &
College Preparedness

Tools & Facilities

MAAC Library
& Computer Lab

Testimonial

father & son


“My son participated in the MAAC ELA Summer Bootcamp program. He is a bright young man but often lacked enthusiasm when it came to academic development. I was astonished by the changes I saw in him following his first day with MAAC. His exact words were, “MAAC made me realize how much I’ve always loved to write and if school were taught this way I would have been a straight ‘A’ student.” You’ve allowed me to see a side of my son that I’ve been wanting to witness for almost his entire academic career.”

-Owen A.

“During my two weeks at MAAC, I was exposed to a new way of teaching and activity and planning that isn’t found in schools. As students in MAAC, we were given the ability to learn in small groups and the instructors who lead the activities were all fantastic people. Without MAAC, I would have never been given the inspiration to consider a new career path after high school. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who has the motivation to utilize their skills in a unique and specialized learning environment.”

-Liam A.

Our Journey

begins now


Mindful Awareness Academy for Children (MAAC) began as a movement to create something meaningful in student’s lives. As a teacher for the Montclair Public Schools for over 20 years, I have called upon my educator friends to walk with me, hand in hand, to service our children. Designed to benefit ALL learners, our approach is individualized and specialized.

​Our educational journey begins now…

Fondly,
Andrea Nicole Smith-Morgan
Montclair High School Teacher


M.A. Curriculum & Instruction:
Columbia University

B.A. Education:
West Virginia University

Certifications:
English, Special Education, LDTC, K-8