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PK-8
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Monument, CO
Students enrolled: 970
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1150 Village Ridge Point
Monument, CO 80132

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(719) 481-1950
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October 17, 2014
Once again, the scores are in and Monument Academy outperformed the other middle school in District 38. Additionally, MA middle school was ranked the highest in middle school math scores for both district 38 and district 20. Way to go, MA! Always knew you had the best and brightest teachers who go the extra mile for your students!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2014
What an awesome school! From carpool to front desk to teaching staff the school takes great care of all students. Having experienced car pool at different schools, yes it is hectic but that is the nature of the beast. The car pool staff and volunteers take great care in operation and even assist students in and out of cars. We consider MA part of our family!!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
I took my children for their first day of school on 08/20/2014 and got to experience the nightmare of carpool drop-off and pickup. I never seen a more disorganized operation in my entire life, no one seemed to be in charge and there was no one present to deal with non-compliant parents. What are you people doing (administrators)? How am I suppose to trust you with the safety of my children, let alone with their education? Please get it together, or I will be removing my children from your school

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
The latest rankings are out, and once again Monument Academy leads the way in District 38 - in both elementary and middle school test scores. Out of 418 middle schools, MA was ranked #31, LP was #47. Out of 887 elementary schools, MA was ranked #86, Kilmer #124, Bear Creek #126, Prairie Winds #128, LP #138 and Palmer Lake #337. While I have no experience with the elementary school sections, the middle school has succeeded in challenging my child, advancing her knowledge and curiosity, and helped her grow in social situations. Homework load is reasonable at about one and a half hours a night - enough but not too much since she is also involved in sports, church youth programs, scouting, etc. Some classes have no homework as the instructors prefer to teach and have homework done in class so they can ensure that the concepts are understood. I love that - makes our evenings at home so much more relaxing. The math department has everything from basic math to high school geometry, so all students can be challenged according to their needs. (That is where most of my child's homework is - in the realm of math...) Best math teacher for algebra we have ever experienced.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
My Daughter has been in Classical education her entire scholastic career. We moved and of course decided on this school. First the positives. She has had some wonderful teachers. Now the negatives. I watched as my daughter was bullied in school, made fun of by fellow students, Got in trouble for posting a complaint that a fellow student was posting rumors about her. She was verbally reprimanded by the Admin. Admin did not address the issue at all. Her grades have slipped. I have watched a girl that was excited about going to school change to one that tolerated school. It is not academically rigorous here at all. She came from a Classical school in Colorado Springs in which 4 hours of homework was the norm. Here we had 15 mins if that. She was not challenged here. The students here do not reflect the Character that I have personally seen in other Classical school. One of the other reviewers stated there is an elitist mentality at this school and I cant find a better description. Our daughter will not be returning. Have nothing to gain just wish I knew before we wasted 2 years here.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
We just finished the best year ever at MA! The middle school is the strongest it has been with full program offerings and super strong teachers in every class. As a parent, I couldn't be happier with my child's education. I can't believe the quality we get and it is public education.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
This is a great school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MA is amazing because you are able to have fun and earn a education!

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 2014
MA is a great school, we have never had any problem with teachers, coaches, admin, etc. Two of our children are in high school now after graduating from MA and are at the top of their classes taking advanced courses. I credit that to the academic base they got from MA. MA is not perfect, no school is. But they offer the strongest middle school academics in the area (this is confirmed by the state testing scores). Also, there is a diversity of opinion that is promoted by the teachers and accepted by them. As for activities, they have tremendous drama, band, and debate programs, as well as very good cross country, track, and soccer programs.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
Monument Academy is a gem in this area. My two children are not neurotypical and the special education department has smart and caring people. I was pleasantly surprised since our previous public school experiences in Seattle were abysmal, including the teacher insulting my son to his face. I'm an east coast liberal, born and bred, so the conservative, white, overwhelmingly Christian atmosphere of the school is a little hard on me at times. Still, they treat all the children well, being that differences of opinion and creativity not of the mold are encouraged. Very impressed. We may be moving soon for work and we sill sorely miss this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
As a new parent to this school - after a semester under our belt, this is by far the best middle school in a 30 mile radius. (And we, as a large family, have experience with several in the 30 mile radius, public, private and charter) Teachers are caring, involved and helpful. They obviously want each child to succeed. If you are looking for a school, check this one out. Beware of negative reviews that are over three years old - to me, it is obviously a very different school than the one that was recently reviewed by a parent whose children attended over four years ago. This school is academically challenging, does require lots of homework, and prepares the middle school student for the rigors of high school. We could not be happier with this school and it's very dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
I am writing this review because I was remembering how glad I am that we no longer attend MA. I had two students attend this school 2009-2010 and then transferred them out. I was very disappointed in the character of other students they encountered... liars and cheats. I also tried to volunteer and found that teachers and staff were rude. One teacher in particular was a screaming yelling mom type and my daughter had a miserable first grade experience. That teacher is still there teaching a different grade. This teacher has her own children enrolled there and both my children said they were horribly disruptive but got away with poor behavior because their mom was a teacher. So glad to be away from the phony elite private school attitude. I've attended great expensive private schools and MA is not one. I had others sues with building size, drop off procedures and lack of athletics but not enough space to write them all. My kids are exceeding both socially and academically at the regular d38 schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
Monument Academy is an AMAZING school.The teachers and staff are connected to the students. A genuine desire to guide students towards academic achievement but develop as members of their community is ever-present. I have experienced several schools in the area and have yet to see a level of whole student learning like what MA provides. Their educational approach, methods, curriculum, small class size, and atmosphere are exceptional! For the parents who are reviewing this school negatively: This is a charter school if it is not a good fit for your family you have the luxury of leaving the school. Not every school will fit every family, for my family this is a perfect fit!

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2013
I am an older sister of students at MA. I am responding to the parent whose students no longer attend this school and who said that "Flood's of families are leaving, and MA failed to make head count again" I despise people who make such statements without data to back up their claims. From what I can readily look up and find out from the Colorado Board of education is that 858 students attended MA in 2011. In 2012 the number increased to 970. That is a far cry from the "flood of families" leaving MA. If I am doing my math correctly that is an increase in student body, not a decrease. As the numbers for the 2013 year have not been published, at least not where I can find them, I have no idea what the new enrollment numbers are. A woman from my church who works there said it was flat. (Again, a far cry from the "flood of families" leaving the school) It could be flat because the school is at capacity. Since I don't know, I will not make that claim. I like my facts backed up with data, not with wishful thinking. My sibling loves this school, doing okay academically. A little bit of struggles with the amount of homework - but that's life.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2013
This school is amazing! It has great teachers who support your children and will set them up for success! I have been a former student of this school and can trace my favorite and best memories to this particular school. I went to this school when it was also a high school for a time; however, they shut down the high school which forced me to go to a different high school. I went three different high schools because of this and I can say without a doubt that Monument Academy was the best experience and nothing compares to how they teach the kids. The teachers are focused and want children to do their very best and they help them along the way.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2013
This school started in a rental building originally built to be a recreational facility. Throughout the years, it has grown beyond what I could have imagined. It has a brand new building, new teachers, and more students. The curriculum has always been more advanced than that of a regular public school both before and after its growth. I wish it had school buses.

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2013
Monument academy is a great school. we have had several children attend middle school at Monument Academy. One of our now adult children indicated to us later after graduation that Monument Academy saved her. She was much happier and learned so much. Currently, we have another child that for the last two years has wanted to not miss school. This is such a switch from trying to find excuses to miss school previously within the public system. The classroom sizes are small and our child has been able to have a greater learning opportunity with teachers actually knowing all their students at a more personable level and to be able to provide better learning support!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
This is a great school. The teachers are very caring, the classroom size small. As my child has a disability, small classroom sizes are a must. The staff is very accommodating, and willing to work with my child. The alternate public school in this district has 800 7/8 graders - too many for my child to handle. I compared test scores between the two middle schools to see which was better academically. The MA 7th grade scores are better in 2/3 categories, the MA 8th grade scores are better in 3/4 academically. Enough said. Reading over both the negative and positive reviews, the negative reviews sound a lot like parents who are disappointed that their favorite person left (You see his name over and over again) One person does not make a school good or bad, look to the teachers. I have only found dedicated and caring teachers at this school, and because of the smaller class room sizes, the excellent teaching staff, and the academic environment, I would recommend this school over the other public school in this district.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
This school performs according to the leadership of the head administration and the board of directors. Fear-instilling intimidation and bullying techniques, or neglect by the leading adults are the values that have been festering at this school and are infiltrating into the classroom. Elitism continues to be higher regarded than teamwork. High quantity testing on subject matter that has been forced into the students brain for short-term rote memory is higher rated than creative thinking and solution-based long-term memory learning. The buck stops with the tax paying parents deciding where their children receive the best education; they don't send them to Monument Academy Charter School. MA's turnover of teachers and students is significant. Visit other D38 schools to speak with their principal, teachers, parents and students and you will know that MA is not the place for your children to excel academically, socially and personally.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Monument Academy is a terrific school with amazing teachers and a great academic program. The teachers go the extra mile to help students succeed! The problem with Great Schools postings is that the few who are unhappy with MA continue to post negative complaints so that their comments remain at the top. I have been a PARENT of two children at this school for the past 10 years and I would highly recommed this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
My daughter is now in her fifth year at MA and she's had phenomenal teachers. I also have a great respect and admiration for the instructors and administrators. In light of this, I find the negative, small-minded comments in these reviews very disturbing. The reader should not characterize the school or its staff based on the unsavory nature of these negative opinions. From what I've observed, they spring from a cabal of ultra-conservative, hyper-religious and largely dysfunctional parents who feel so entitled that there is nothing that any school could do to meet their unrealistic and self-serving demands. This group is basically a lost cause, and their pettiness, rage and immature opinions should not be taken seriously. If they could put their arrogance aside for awhile, they might realize what a great school Monument Academy is and show a little more support and appreciation.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
This school has gone down hill quickly. The district schools are taking in many students from MA, why is that? We are one of those families and the new school far exceeds what MA has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2013
Monument Academy is a top notch school. Excellent education is provided in academics and character development. Super leadership lends to a creative, giving, talented teaching team. Students enjoy learning and the teachers enjoy teaching.

- submitted by a teacher
May 26, 2013
Unfortunately, this school has become an example of how charter schools can do wrong. Without oversight from the district, a principal that is a dictator, a board that is either clueless or apathetic, and teachers who work in an environment of intimidation, this is a poorly run school. MA used to differentiate themselves with class sizes and course offerings, but now the only thing that is of distinction is that they wear uniforms. D38 is too good of a district to waste time at this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
We have 3 kids all grades, who attend MA, we LOVE this school and all their (elementary and middle school) teachers. All of our kids are excelling and class size was not a problem.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
MA's programs have exceeded our expectations. Curriculum, quality of teachers, administration, specials. This school has a lot of diverse programming options that have met the needs of our children. We like the team approach to teaching and the lead teacher model. Provides an avenue for teachers to get support and good ideas. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
We have attended MA for 5 yrs. It is sad to see the changes taking place. We LOVED MA! MA advertises small class sizes, but the last few years they have increased. Kindi Classes up from 12 to 18 ES sizes up from 19 to 22-24. Good teachers are leaving at a disturbing rate! I agree with the others that comment that the board and Principal only give lip service! They will tell you what you want to hear and make promises that they never follow through with. It is a great school unless you have a problem. If you have a problem, GOOD LUCK! Parent communication is horrible! How they handle situations is disturbing & made me fear for my child's safety. Students and teachers are not getting the support they need. The principal blames teachers when things go wrong. Don't expect to get any support if you need it. Even if you try to work with Administration or the board it doesn't make a difference! We tried! Spent countless hours trying to make a positive change. Their focus is not on students' safety & education or supporting the teachers. Those that still love MA obviously haven't had a problem arise yet. MA need a new Principal, Vice Principal and board.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
We are a military family that have dealt with many schools all over the country. Those of you that are having issues with MA definitely should find a school that will cater to your needs. The grass is not always greener. MA has been an exceptional school for my son. Very informative by the staff and the smallest classes sizes my son has ever had in any school.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
Monument Academy is not a top rated school anymore. Kids suffer because of need to enroll as many students as possible for the money. My child had a class rooom with no windows. My other child had a room the size of a kitchen. The principle does not love the children. I have spoken to her and she gives lip service only. The princple runs off all the good teachers. The principle openly is deceitful with parents. It makes me ill to watch this school go from great to bad.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
Monument Academy is a toxic environment. We have been at Monument Academy for 6 years. We have watched it go downhill in the last three years. The teachers fear the principle. If the principle does not agree with a teacher she forces them out. Parents fear retaliation if they complain to the board. The teachers often are not qualified to teach. I am a liberal and still consider this school toxic. My children will not return next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
Love this school. I Have no idea what these people are talking about when they say it is going down hill. MA is great. The teachers are outstanding. My daughter loves it and so do I.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I disagree with these parents that say that it's the same MA! I have had children t there. MA has been about the students and have been the center of education but now they are the center of financial per pupil draw from the state, only! Sad but true!

- submitted by a teacher
January 30, 2013
Briefly, the staff...teachers and administrators are great. My child loves it there and I've been pleased over the past five years that she's attended. In my opinion, any percieved problems are the product of a band of hyper-religious, ultra-conservative and largely dysfunctional parents who wouldn't be happy anywhere. If you can look beyond their venom, you'll see one of the best schools around.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
Am I reading about the same Monument Academy that my children attend?? Can't be. With 19 total years of experience at Monument Academy, I have to believe that this site is simply for disgruntled parents to vent! Sure, some years are better than others, and some teachers are better than others. Overall, Monument Academy has provided my children with an excellent education in a safe, secure environment by qualified teachers who truly care about them. The curriculum is solid and the administration is available to listen to concerns from parents. Don't make educational decisions based on a few unhappy people who just happen to be loud. Check it out for yourself! MA is GREAT!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
After careful consideration we have decided to leave MA. While we have been impressed with our MA teachers, the school has failed to meet our SPED needs. Furthermore, even though the administration purports to welcome input from the parental community it is only interested in positive feedback. The principal is not open to constructive criticism, improvement suggestions, or discussion of specific issues. She reacts defensively to anything she deems to be a complaint. MA has some serious student safety issues which parents are not at liberty to discuss. Even though the school continues to justify the ongoing staff turnover rates as normal, it is not a stable environment. Other schools within the district do not have constant churn like MA. Low teacher morale, ongoing staff turnover, dictatorial administrators, insufficient SPED and an upset parental community all of which embody the new MA mark the decline of a once wonderful school . MA is more interested in cost savings than meeting SPED educational needs which makes MA difficult to work with. Thankfully another LP school is eagerly happy to meet our SPED needs. After years of dealing with MA the new school is refreshing.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2012
As a parent of several children currently enrolled at MA. We are concerned about the direction this school is going. Many great teachers are leaving. We use to love MA but we are now worried about its future under the current administration.We urge parents to voice and come to the board meetings so we can restore the school to what it use to be.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
Top notch school all the way around. Caring teachers, organized administrators, and highly involved parents. What a blessing to our family! My children have thrived at this school. We have lived in other parts of the country and the schools just aren't the same. MA is a gem! MA challenges kids to be the best academically and has excellent character education too. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
Love the school! I have kids in elementary and in middle school and all of them love it! The staff have gone out of their way to help all my kids transition to MA. The staff has always been caring and does their best to encourage the kids to do their best. I will miss this school and the amazing staff when we move

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
MA is going down the tubes and the sooner parents get involved, the sooner things will get fixed with the administration and board. Despite the good work of the many great teachers, the administration is ruining the school by driving away good teachers. Being grateful is a nice, but the school could use direct help from parents holding the board and administration accountable to the tenets of the establishment.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2011
It is laughable the things that parents complain about concerning Monument Academy. As I don't have middle schoolers, I cannot comment on those concerns, and I did not know the previous principal. But what I have observed is that my children have thrived at MA, and I have had two other school experiencences (of which were both very decent schools) but Monument Academy is still so much superior in comparison . My children's teachers have been excellent so far, and the curriculum is what you make of it at home as well, whether you think it is too challenging or not enough, you modify it to your child's individual needs. I'd like to know what kind of better thing parents think they are going to get for their children by pulling them out because "they don't like what is going on in the administration." How about just be grateful that you you even have this option to give a dcecnt education to your children in your own community?. If you don't like it , good luck trying to find something better, or deal with the carpool, administration problems, and module complications at TCA. It's not any better there.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
Pulled my daughter out after a year and a half, Did not like the way it was ran all the way around!!! and she hated it!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2011
MA endorses sending our 6th grade students to the 100 Elk camp. This camp is run by the Christian Science religion. The strategic plan for the organization states that 100 Elk is used to generate profit for the operation of Christian Science. When questioned, our executive director stated that we "just rent the facility and provide our own program at 100 Elk." That is completely incorrect! The Christian Science counselors led our children through THEIR program. For someone who graduated from fancy leadership courses, our executive director does not even know what is happening with his most important asset - his students. What a joke.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
We allowed our child to make the choice to leave MA for another school. The curriculum, particularly the electives is falling apart with no focus or syllabus. Teachers miss days without any plan for the substitute and the kids are left with nothing to do but study hall. Now we've heard basketball is not going to happen due to the overcrowding in the gym from the band. I agree with the previous post, this school is going down hill with nothing special left to offer and no accountability by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2011
These problems are familiar to our family. The principal and executive director have been hostile to any objection to their views for a long while now and we've seen several talented and compassionate staff members leave, including an amazing veteran kindergarten teacher who apparently retired early rather than continue to deal with the autocratic and erratic principal. The school is nothing like it once was. It's a whole lot worse.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2011
I am shocked to see such negativity about MA. I am aware of the continually circulating rumors as well as the daily concerns faced by parents, students and teachers alike. My children are in 1st and 4th grade and the bottom line is, we could not be happier with the education they are getting. Both have phenomenal teachers, with small class sizes compared to district standards. It is my understanding that the majority of the complaints are stemming from middle school parents, of which I cannot weigh in on. That being said, be cautious with your threats... The grass is NOT always greener on the other side. We have numerous friends with children in other district schools (and D 20) whose complaints make yours pale in comparison! That being said, if you are truly miserable at MA, I hope you explore your options wisely and find a good fit for your family. As for children being asked to clean up their campus... God forbid our children take pride and responsibility in their school. Didn't realize our little darlings were above taking part in keeping their school from looking run down and unkept!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
I hope the board wakes up and realizes where the problems stem, from the current administration. It saddens me that the children are suffering from poor decisions made by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
I am very happy with the experiences my children are having with MA. Not only do we have fantastic teachers, contrary to rumors the class sizes have not changed and remain smaller than the average D 38 school. Too often people use sites like this to complain. The staff and administration have been wonderful, particularly to those of us whose children have an IEP. I'm not huge on test scores but for those who like using them for validation you will notice MA students well above average compared to others.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
I agree with the 5-star reviewer that the teachers and staff are the best we've ever had experience with. They truly are dedicated to our children. Parents are not happy with the overcrowding of our once small class size school. It's sad that the principal is focusing on numbers (for per pupil revenue) and not on the quality of education which our school was founded on. Small class size is why our family joined this school. Since the former principal's retirement, the school has grown way too fast and has gone downhill. And how much will these portables cost our struggling school? We are very disillusioned. and saddened with the direction the school is going.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
My wife and I are very disappointed in the direction in which the school is going. We have weathered the transition from the former principal to the current principal and it has definitely taken a turn for the worse in the last couple years. Class sizes are increasing, middle school classes this year are very high. That is a concern as there is no room for the middle school. The portables that have been put up are not in the right place so they are unusable at this point. Our poor gym, band, and choir teachers have to share the gym and cafeteria. It's very distressing and the kids don't like it either. While our principal says she is doing things in the best interest of the students, her actions speak very differently. We will go to the school district and our board with this and hopefully they will listen.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
The staff of Monument Academy is wonderful! Their love of educating their students goes beyond the classroom. The academics are a proven curriculum which challenges students. The size of the school and demand in the area speak volumes of the positive points of the school. Clearly every school has strengths and weaknesses the strengths of Monument Academy out weigh the weaknesses. It is a great school to consider for any parent in the area.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2011
Our family loves this school and always recommends it when asked. We have praised the small class sizes and high quality teachers/staff. We (our board) made a poor decision when the current principal was hired. She is not qualified, she was twice let go from previous positions, and she is changing what Monument Academy's mission has been. The middle school is to "capacity" but the facility itself could hardly house those poor sardine packed students last year. I'm very disappointed with how the school has been run these past few years. We parents need to send e-mails to the board with our disappointments and show up at meetings. And what does the highly paid executive director do, and how was he hired when he has no education background whatsoever? Scary use of valuable education funds. And don't get me started with the library rennovation.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
Love, love, love this school. I am not impressed one bit by the "very attractive" modulars that the school bought with out knowing they would not fit and ultimately be a hazard to our children. I wonder if the District 38 knows about this--one more thing for them to be upset with us about. Doesn't the school have to answer to the nice folks who lent us money to build our school? I can't imagine they would think this was a wise use of money. I am glad that my children are not old enough to participate in band as I would not want them having to walk outside of the very secure school building to get to their classroom. Did we really need to grow so quickly without knowing where we would put the children? I am not happy with the rapid growth. It was my understanding that small class size was a big benefit for my children to attend this school. While I thought the new school building was great 3 years ago, I almost prefer the small-ness of the old facility. Needless to say, our family is very disappointed at the way things are being run these past two years. We'll give it a few weeks and pull our kids before that all important "count day" if we see fit.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2011
Academically Monument Academy is a great school but is plagued with often unnecessary controversy. For example, to my disbelief, Mrs. DeMarco was fired at the end of school. I have known her the more than five years that she has been at Monument Academy. At a time, when deranged individuals walk into schools and commit violent acts, it was reassuring that someone like Mrs DeMarco -- who can handle ANY situation -- was at the "front gate." And what do they do to reward her? They fire her! Board wake up!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
I agree with previous reviewers. It is very sad to see this once great school go downhill in two years.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
My children have enjoyed their past 3 years at the school. However in the past 2 years we have noticed changes that we do not see as positive. It seems to be turning into a dictatorship rather than a team approach. Seems they are more concerned about the kids having a belt on than discipline. We, as parents, are not happy with the direction the school is heading. Myself and several parents believe that a change in principle is the first step in changing this direction. My daughter wants to stay through 8th grade but I'm not sure if we will keep her there if things continue in this direction.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
I love the academics at this school, I love the teachers at this school, however, the thing I loved the most about this school is no longer a part of it. Lorraine DeMarco will be sorely missed. Apparently the negative voices of a few, drowned out the voices of many who loved having Lorraine in our childrens lives. She may have sounded harsh, but it all came from love, as she truly cared about our childrens future and success. I have no doubt in my mind, that MA will suffer by not having Lorraine at the helm.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
Core virtues are a main reason my children attend this school. It is imperative that it is modeled from the top down. It doesn't appear that core virtues were used regarding a recent personnel change. Makes me also question decision-making at the school (like the previous reviewer). Guess my opinion here is a result of having been involved with this school for a long time and recent changes in the past couple years are unsettling.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Couldn't be happier with our first year experience at MA. We struggled with the decision of private vs home vs charter vs public school for our boys. After hours of conversations regarding the pros and cons of each we decided to give MA a try, primarily due to numerous recommendations from friends, and walked away from year one thrilled with the institution. The bar is set high, but encouragement, structure and tools are provided to the children to meet the standard. Our boys went from dreading school to loving the day-to-day challenge. Parental involvement is welcomed and parents are kept informed of progress, struggles and accomplishments. Looking forward to many more years at MA.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
Yes. This is a great school, no doubt about it IMHO. We've had our kids there since Kindergarten. It's had a few problems associated with growth, but the D-38 folks that have sent there kids to MA have really driven the MA population up (to the consternation of D-38 itself). I'm not sure that they're terribly happy with MA, but MA is nice enough to bring up the district wide CSAP scores. I think that D-38 is biting their toungue about the relative success of MA. To bad D-38 tried to throw roadblocks in front of MA during its growth. Now the rest of the district seems to be playing "Catchup" with limited academic success. In D-38, MA is the best if you want your kids provided with a academically rigorous education. Jobs are definitely a good thing to have based on a superior education. They can send money home when you retire! :-)

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2011
Absolutely a God send. Our son had always attended a private school and upon our arrival in the Springs.........we were refered to MA and it was the answer to our prayers. Our child worked hard and the teachers cared about his progress and communicated. Thank you MA for 2 & 1/2 years of a great exprerience.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2010
I have had my children in this school since 2000, and this school only gets better. The focus is definitely on the students. The principal, teachers, and staff are caring and kind and demonstrate on a daily basis the core virtues this school teaches. I also appreciate the availability of the principal and all my children's teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
This is an amazing school - with a wonderful principal, staff and teachers who all put the children FIRST.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
There are a lot of things that as a parent I love about MA: the ethics of the teachers, the core knowledge, the uniforms, the quality of the kids and the small class sizes. That being said I am still willing to give all that up because my kids are both burned out on school and they are only in 3rd and kindergarten! When children don't look forward to going to school day and cry 1-2x a week from the stress then it is time for a change. This school is not for everyone. It is very rigorous academically and very 'drill and kill'. Although they have great specials and special events like 'Rome Day' the day to day grind gets very monotonous and lacks creativity. Just want to balance out all the fabulous reviews with a little reality.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
MA is an amazing school. The teachers are of the highest quality. We are looking into schools in another state due to a possible move and I am concerned because nothing seems to measure up to the warm environment and rigorous, yet fun academics my kids have experienced. The uniform policy is great and removes so much nonsense from the learning environment. Monument Academy is an incredible school!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
I love this school! All of our five children are or have attended. The Core Knowledge curriculum is fantastic and the Core Virtue character building program is phenomenal. p.s. The preschool is under new leadership and is doing great.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
From our personal experience, the preschool lacks structure. There is an absence of quality teachers. Core Values and core curriculum were advertised as being part of the curriculum, but were not taught to our child. To a parent concerned about their child's education, I would not recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
My daughter had a great experience at MA. The director is highly capable and cares deeply for children. She's fair and recruits very solid teachers. I rated it with a three because it is only one year old and there is certainly room for improvement. I believe it is a top program.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
Our children had another excellent year at Monument Academy. The core knowledge program has exposed our children to physics and chemistry at the elementary level. My children have had the opportunity to be placed in math classes based on ability for the last 3 years which has challenged them. Based on the academics and core virtues, my children are thriving at MA. The school board has improved communication immensely in the 2nd half of this year. They have handled personnel issues in a very professional manner. They have improved our financial situation as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 09, 2009
We love MA and can't imagine going anywhere else! The teachers are so dedicated, creative & organized. We love the school dress code and the parental involvement. We've been here 6 years and have never had to go in and get anything resolved. There is very low teacher turn-over. We love the Core Knowledge & Core Virtue programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 08, 2009
We had a preschooler who attended this school. The teaching was very uneven and lacked structure. There is a distinct absence of core values/core curriculum in the preschool. I had the personal experience of dealing with extreme unprofessionalism from staff members. Our child's educational needs were not met. We personally received many handwritten school papers containing numerous simple spelling errors. There was a notable absence of the warmth, care, and love that one typically sees in a preschool environment. Frankly, my child, who normally loves learning, didn't care whether he went to school or not.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 06, 2009
While the Teaching staff and Principal are great. The downfall is the Board. Parents need to attend meetings to hold the board accountable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 18, 2008
The teachers and administrators are wonderful, caring people. After a delayed start (due to the fabulous new building being a little behind schedule), the wait has been worth it. The facilities are excellent and everyone we've met from the staff to PTO and parent volunteers seem to have a 'can do' attititude. My children are loving school.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
We LOVE this school! This is our fifth year here with all our kids...the teachers are the BEST and they love their job, which is all I really want them to do! And they must do a good job, too, because our test scores are consistently the highest in the district.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
Excellent School, My children have grown exponentially these past 2 years!!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2008
I loved MA! My son went there two years. He was challenged, loved school and learned something new everyday. The kids overall were very well behaved. Thanks MA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2008
I found Monument Academy to be lacking in activities from play ground to sports. The classes too driven and not worth the stress put on the childen.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 18, 2008
We love Monument Academy. It is an amazing learning environment. Our daughter is very excited about learning and enjoys everything about her school. Her little sister can't wait to get there next year!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2007
I am so excited about our land and that we will be breaking ground in Oct. The academics are challenging. My 6th grader-- can do sports unlike the other surrounding middle schools. I'm proud of my kids being at one of the top csap schools in area. With a rating of excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2007
MA now has financing, land and is starting construction on a new school. A great academic program will only get better.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2007
My child had nothing but trouble with MA. I was unhappy with the experiance as a whole.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 28, 2007
We had two boys attend MA , one through 7th and another through 4th. The elementary school was fabulous, the middle school mediocre. Unfortunately, the opportunity to build and find land was lost several years back and I don't see how they will ever afford to build. Very frustrating to see in comparison to TCA.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
This is a great school with great academic programs, however; the extracurricular activities are very lacking. With the discontinuation of the high school though, more of the staff and faculty's focus will go to academics and discipline. Also, more of the school's money will be used in things that will help with the learning environment. All in all, it is a great school though and I would highly recommend having your children attend this school.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2006
I have one son in 5th grade , this is his first year, I feel he is getting a good education. I am not happy with the teacher relations, there is not enough extra curricular. There isn't enough play ground equipment.Parent involvement is high. Disciplinary problems aren't tolerated example: bullies.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2006
I have 1 child enrolled, I am unhappy with the facilities, the teacher this year is inconsistent, forgetful and takes no responsibility for it. there are very few extracurricular activities, and socialization time is very limited.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2006
We have four daughters enrolled at MA elementary, and we love it! The teachers are caring and the parents are all very involved. The curriculum is challenging, yet appropriate. The elementary principal is wonderful and very involved. I would not send my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2006
There are very limited extra curricular activities, only art, band, music, volleyball and cross country. The academic programs; however, are very successful and the school has great teachers. Also, the parent involvement is a key to the success of the school.

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2006
Monument Academy, though significantly underfunded by its parent school district (38), has succeeded in achieving the highest third grade CSAP reading score in the state. Those that question the efficacy of the curriculum and staff need only to consult the scores. Though they do not tell all, the top score in the state tells plenty.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
My son went to Kindergarten here in 2005-6. Great school! Accelerated learning program, so it's not for everyone. Teachers and administrators seem to care a lot about their students! Would recommend this school to parents who are looking at private schools...because this school is better than a private one in Colorado Springs.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
This school has a wonderful PE and athletics department. It is sad that there is no support for teachers via administration.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
Monument Charter Academy has an excellent Elementary program and I highly recommend it to students and parents. However, the High School is plagued by poor leadership and inconsistent rules. As a parent I am excited about dress standards but the High School does not maintain consistent enforcement. This has led to frustrated students and parents. Yes, students are enrolled at MA to take advantage of the rigorous standards but the standards cannot be met as they are inconsitent and leadership does not understand what makes a kid tick.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
We have been very pleased with the level of education that our children have received at Monument Academy. They provide advanced classes and challenging curriculum for advanced students. The sports activities are limited but they are adding activities each year. The only concern we currently have is with the leadership of the principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
This school has never had steady, solid leadership over the years that it's been intact. why is it unable to draw and keep quality leadership. Curriculum focuses on pushing the children at a young age to perform in a fast paced and ridgid environment, and the expectations are high. High expectations are good, however the individual child's strengths and weaknesses always need to be taken into consideration. We have not seen this at this school. Strong academics are vital to a person's success in life, but there is a lot more to life's successes than that. We hope the school continues on it's path to becoming a well rounded educational environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
Excellent school, excellent leadership especially by Mike Auclaire. Teachers are a little spotty. Extracuricular activities are good for a small starter charter school. My daughter didn't do well there by HER choice. If your child has to go to a district 38 school, this one is the best of the bunch.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2005
This is about as good as public school gets. Highest academic test scores in Colorado public schools. Values based education with core curriculum. Spanish starting in kindergarten. Art, music, science, as well as reading writing and arithmetic. Class size is only 21. Downside - my son is exceptional and even 21 kids in a class does not allow the teacher to give him the challenge he requires.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
May 28, 2004
The previous rating that says that administration doesn't listen is very distressing and inaccurate. We have two daughters in Middle School, and when we have approached the Principal, and other administration, they have been very responsive, both to personal, and scholastic issues. The administration recently brought in a guest speaker to talk to the middle school kids about behaviors, and their impacts. I was very impressed with the administration for this 'workshop'. In 2004, Gov. Bill Owen's wife presented Monument Academy with an award as one of the top scholastic schools in Colorado. I'm very happy to have my kids enrolled and associated with Monument Academy!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2004
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- submitted by a student
May 03, 2004
For a school that prides itself on teaching core values, the behavior of students toward other students is appalling in the middle school grades. What is even more appalling is the Principal's lack of concern and action when these issues are brought to him. The message sent to students at this school is that it's ok to tease, torment, and bully because you will never get punished. Those students that are victims of these students are left feeling alone and helpless.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Monument Academy is a college prep school. My daughter feels better about herself here. In other public schools she has been victimized. Here every student learns to respect and responsibility for others as well as self.

- submitted by a parent
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Monument Charter Academy
1150 Village Ridge Point, Monument, CO  80132
(719) 481-1950
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