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New Hybrid High principal believes in urban education

Macaulay was a founding science teacher at the school

Principal Macaulay with Hybrid High student (USC Photo/Kathy Christie)

Mide (Mac) Macaulay ’01 has been tapped to serve as principal of USC Hybrid High School.

The announcement was made by Oliver Sicat ’01, CEO of Hybrid High’s charter management organization Ednovate, who served as interim principal during the fall school term. Macaulay began his new role with the January term.

The Los Angeles Unified School District public charter school was designed and developed by the USC Rossier School of Education. It opened with its first ninth-grade cohort in September 2012.

Macaulay was a founding science teacher at the school. He achieved such impressive results in the classroom — in terms of students’ completion rate, proficiency rate on standardized tests and discipline — that he was appointed to serve as assistant principal of culture for Hybrid High after Sicat took the helm in April.

“As a teacher, Mac showed he cared, tracked each student and motivated them. In turn, students did almost twice as much in his class than in other classes,” Sicat said.

Prior to joining the Hybrid High team, Macaulay served as founding dean and assistant principal at Animo Locke II Charter High School, a Green Dot Public School in South Los Angeles.

A Trojan who studied psychology, sociology and neuroscience, Macaulay is also an alumnus of Teach for America Los Angeles. He spent seven years at Markham Middle School in Watts, where he taught seventh- and eighth-grade science, leadership and Youth Lead Gang Intervention.

According to Sicat, Macaulay has demonstrated a commitment to urban education and public service both in and out of the classroom. As principal, he said, he will continue to work to inspire young people by providing intellectual nourishment, academic rigor and personal attention.

Hybrid High’s mission is to graduate 100 percent of its students college or career ready. The school’s college preparation curriculum is implemented in a blended learning environment combining traditional coursework with self-directed learning facilitated by technology. The school, which serves a large population of students living at or near the poverty line in downtown Los Angeles, prides itself on working toward “positive multigenerational change.”

“I am an advocate for all students — especially the challenging populations of special education, the unmotivated students and the lower-performing students,” Macaulay said.

“As an administrator, I will ensure that we are always committed to the school’s mission of preparing our students to use their college degrees and careers to make a positive multigenerational change.”

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