Empowering me with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use my voice effectively and with integrity in co-creating our common public world.


Kim Carter, CEO; David Lane, School Leader, MC2 Manchester; Christopher O’Reilly, School Leader, MC2 Monadnock


• Open August, 2002 – June, 2010 in the Monadnock Regional School District as a public school program of choice, under the Monadnock Regional High School, accredited by NEASC, with students from 15 different towns
• Reopened August, 2012 in Manchester, NH as a public charter school and in August, 2015 in Keene, NH
• Recipient of New Hampshire Excellence in Education Special Recognition Award, 2009


Authorized by the New Hampshire State Board of Education


No Grades or Grade Point Average
No Class Rank
• Performance-based
• Half hour Exhibitions, quarterly, presenting learning progress and accomplishments, by each student to their learning team
• Hour-long Gateway Exhibitions, presenting learning progress and defending readiness for advancement to next level (Phase)
• Narrative teacher evaluations, including assessments of Habits, quarterly with annual compilation
• Credit given based on learning demonstrated through writing, projects, portfolios, and presentations


All staff serve in a teaching relationship with students, including the administrative assistant, tutors, and IT staff. MC2 is a learning community in which each individual contributes to another’s learning regardless of position, degree or age. Instruction is provided by:
* Four Teacher/Advisors, MC2 Manchester
* Four Teachers/Advisors, MC2 Monadnock
* Contracted services, including second language consultants and visiting consultants for extended projects (examples include: stained glass geometry; museum exhibits; city murals)


Annual: Year-round with four quarters: each comprised of 10 weeks on, 3 weeks off.
Weekly: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are academic days; Tuesdays and Thursdays are Internship days


• Located in Manchester, NH (CEEB Code: 300380) and Keene, NH (CEEB Code: 300297)
• Enrollment is open, with students from multiple districts/towns
• Intentionally small (each campus has a capacity of 120 students)


Students are admitted between the ages of 13 and 18. The admissions process requires visits, essays, and an interview. All students are individuals who are committed to purposefully furthering their learning and to take responsibility for their growth, education, and future. The student body is representative of the enrollment populations of the area high schools.


All students serve in various leadership capacities during their time at MC2. Some opportunities include:
Governance Council
First Amendment Committee
Appeals and Recommendations Committee
Public Achievement
Peer Mediation
Peer Coaching
Student Advocate
Students In Action
Student Meeting Facilitators
Presenters to various professional development groups


Activities are initiated and led by students and/or staff. Some include:
Chess Club                                                Robotics Club
Street Hockey                                          Destination Imagination
CSA Garden                                             Fundraising
Entrepreneurship                                  Telescope Club


Our first two full program graduates graduated in June, 2006. They each received several scholarships, and successfully graduated in four years from Westfield State College in Massachusetts and Cedarcrest College in Pennsylvania. Since then graduates have attended and graduated from institutions as diverse as Full Sail University, Husson College, Keene State College, Houghton College, Marlborough College, Yale University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Maine College of Art, and Boston Conservatory at Berkeley.