The Middle School Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented (MACAT), located at Frost Middle School, houses seventh and eighth graders, grouped for a language arts/social studies block, and advanced math and science classes. Students participate in electives and all school activities at Frost.

MACAT (housed at Frost Middle School):

The Middle School Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented (MACAT) Program is the LPS School District’s middle school program designed specifically for students of high ability and high achievement in all academic areas. The MACAT curriculum consists of classes in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The process for entering the MACAT Program begins in January when all sixth grade students attending LPS schools take the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Based on the results of these tests, letters are sent to parents to inform them of the opportunity to have their son or daughter considered for the MACAT Program. A selection committee comprised of teachers and administrators then selects the MACAT students for the following fall from the students who have returned the nomination materials.

MACAT is also open to students who are not currently attending LPS schools but who live in the LPS School District. Due to the standardized testing required for admission consideration, applications for fall 2014 from non-LPS students must be submitted by Friday, January 17, 2014. Non-LPS students who apply will take the same standardized tests taken by LPS students, and those who qualify will be added to the students being considered for admission to MACAT.

Contact Douglas Coates, MACAT and MSC Facilitator for more information at 734-744-2650 Ext. 46132, or via email at

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