I wish I would have known about Monarch sooner. By the time I found Monarch only one of my kids was young enough to enroll. It was by far the best educational decision I ever made for him. The school is amazing. I love that it is small enough for all of the teachers and staff to get to know each student personally. It reminds of the "Two by Ten" strategy, but school wide. I also love that it's so family oriented.
The leader mentioned in earlier posts was Steve Essig, one of the founding directors of the school. He retired at the end of the 2005 - 2006 school year. He was a school administrator in Shasta county for many years before founding Chrysalis Charter School and then Monarch a few years later. He was the principal investigator for the Science In Rural California (SIRC) project, which provided professional development in the natural sciences for many Shasta County teachers.
I have had 3 grandchildren graduate from Monarch, and a 4th one who is in 7th grade. The students can all know each other because the school is small, and none fall through the cracks. The teachers have excellent repore with the kids, and it is a great learning environment.
My kids had started K and one graduated 8th grade at this school. This school has been great. My other son is now in 7th and he loves his teacher. We choose this school because of the smaller class size. And the fact that no kid is held back from a challenge. My older son was good at math. So in 1st. grade he went into the 2nd grade classroom. I love this fact. That they mix class grades according to the individual not their actual grade level or their age. Its a FREE public school that should be given a chance for any new comer.
This is a great school with only about 100 kids. The smaller setting allows a more personal feel between students and teachers as well as between students. Parent involvement is strong and brings to the overall setting a sense of family. The academic standards are high and emphasis on respect for each other and the individual differences is also high. There is no tolerance for bullying as is often found in larger schools.