The MicroSociety Academy Charter School (MACS) founders strongly believe that a K-8 MicroSociety School will better prepare our children for college, post high school education, and the 21st Century workplace. The curriculum will meet all state and local standards using innovative, engaging, research-based, technology-infused instructional strategies that have proven successful throughout the US and the world.
Better prepare our children
for college, post high school education
and the 21st Century workplace
Students in our MicroSociety Academy will receive standards-based instruction that is enhanced with “real world” concepts and will be given the opportunity during a daily MicroSociety period to apply their learning by reporting to their job and working in their own MicroSociety. Students will actively participate in creating and operating their own small society with guidance of teacher facilitators. MicroSociety will have its own currency, bank, newspaper, a marketplace with student-made goods, a government with a legislature, a court system with lawyers, judges, “Peacekeepers” and more!
Stories that define the day-to-day interactions at MACS
Micro City Marketplace is in full swing! The businesses are busy selling everything from homemade lip balms to squishy slime. The only student complaints are that there’s not enough time off! Some are learning quickly that their paychecks don’t last long and saving for “special items” may be the best route to go.
As a young student new to MACS, Casey often forgot the Micro City laws. Week after week, he kept having to pay fines for offenses such as yelling and running in the halls, even after receiving ample warning from student Peacekeepers and staff members. As a result, he didn’t have much money saved up once Marketplace opened. The motivation to have more to spend on products and services at Marketplace proved useful for Casey, though. Recently, he made a concerted effort to show self-control and follow the Micro City laws. When it was his day off for Marketplace this week, he looked in his wallet and said to his teacher with a big grin, “I didn’t have to pay any fines this week. Now I can use the money I earned to go have fun at Marketplace!”
Meet Our Administrative Team
Amy is also co-owner of the Nashua running specialty store, Fleet Feet, with her husband, BJ, and is an educational consultant. She currently lives in Hollis, NH with her husband and two sons.
Awards & Recognition
Governor Chris Sununu’s Visit
Governor Chris Sununu joined in the activities of our most recent MACS MicroDay, a time when Micro City opens to parents and friends to enjoy the agencies and business ventures our students have created. The Governor was hosted by Student Government President “Rocky”, MACS Principal Amy Bottomley, and Trustee Jamison Hoff. (The visit was not announced ahead of time so that the Governor could see real MACS operations rather than special preparations made due to his presence.)
He had success in his first stop when he solved the clues in the underwater themed Escape Room and earned an “I escaped” sticker. Next he visited the recycling area where he learned about separating plastic bottle caps, that are not recyclable, from the bottles before they enter the recycling stream.
The Governor completed a questionnaire at the MACS Department of Education and survey of visitor satisfaction (with the Micro Day experience) at the Department of Census and Statistics. He also stopped by the Micro City Bank to exchange some currency for Micro Dollars.
Governor Sununu went to the computer lab to observe a 3-D printing process underway creating products in that student-business, and purchased an item from the students’ 3-D product inventory.
He sat down for a conversation with students involved in the MACS Peer Mediation program to learn how our students work together to solve issues as they arise.
He finished his day with a visit to the Student Government meeting.
We were delighted to have the Governor with us on campus for Micro Day and very proud to share all our students’ efforts! Thank you Governor Sununu!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony II
MACS held its second ribbon cutting ceremony on August 31, 2017 to commemorate the opening of the new science lab, library, two new classrooms, and administrative offices. For more information, please read this News Release.
Recognition from Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, presented to MACS at the ceremony.
MicroSociety Inc. International Conference Awards
- 2022 George Award for MicroSociety Day School Teacher – Rachelle Fournier
- 2022 George Award for Student Leadership- Natalie Nguyen
- 2022 George Award for Student Government- Brooke Koskela & Natalie Nguyen
- 2022 George Award for Student Venture- A&A Accessories
- 2021 George Award for Outstanding Social Media Innovator – Jewel Hurt
- 2019 “4 Star” School (highest awarded honor)
- 2019 George Award for Outstanding Coordinator – Susannah Williams
- 2019 George Award for Outstanding Teacher – Katie Taylor
- 2018 “4 Star” School (highest awarded honor)
- 2018 George Award for Outstanding Teacher – Brenna Froleiks
- 2018 George Award for Student Leadership – Turner Bottomley
- 2018 George Award for Student Leadership – Olivia Sobie
- 2017 “4 Star” School (highest awarded honor)
- 2017 George Award for Outstanding Administrator – Amy Bottomley
- 2017 George Award for Student Leadership – Ava Tannariello
- 2016 Rookie Charter School of the Year
- 2016 “3 Star” School (highest honor for a first year school)
- 2016 George Award for Student Leadership – Elle Kreibel
New Hampshire Partners in Education Awards
Non-Profit of the Year Recognitions
- Nashua Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Winner 2020-21
- Nashua Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Finalist 2019-20, Lynn McGowan – PTO President
- Nashua Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Finalist 2018-19
- Nashua Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Finalist 2017-18
- Enterprise Bank Nominee for Non-Profit of the Year 2017-18
- Enterprise Bank Educator of the Year Finalist 2017-18, Amy Bottomley – School Director
MicroSociety Academy Charter School
Board of Trustees
Our children are our greatest asset. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that future generations are aptly prepared for the opportunities ahead. The MicroSociety Academy Charter school provides the best outcome to build the foundation skills that our future practitioners and leaders will need.
diversified experience dealing with change, improving under-performing clinical operations and practices, as well as continuous performance improvement. Cathy has held several board positions primarily in the Medical field, and brings extensive leadership and managerial process optimization to the board.
Friends of MACS:
Thomas Malone (2015-2021)
Dr. Jamison Hoff (2016-2018)
Amanda Schneck (2019-2021)
Donald LeBrun (2019-2020)
Lisa Petralia (2018-2020)
David Glacier (2018-2021)