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.
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.
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.
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!
As a current parent, I am not getting into all the reviews listed, both positive and negative. No one put me up to writing this, I just like to do research. Here are the scores (which anyone can look up) from 2013. Elementary Schools: MA is ranked 86/887 up 2 from their rank in 2012. Other elementary schools in our area: Cheyenne Mtn CA: 41, Broadmoor Elem: 88, TCA: 91, Discovery Canyon: 92, Lewis Palmer: 138 (Down 27), Prairie Winds 128 (Down 23), Bear Creek: 126 (Up 71) and Palmer Lake: 337 (down 55). MA elementary is 2nd in our area - really good. Monument Academy Middle school also ranks consistently high. 2013 scores: Math: 82.7 Reading: 86.8 Total 169.5, Ranking 31/418. (Up 22 from 2012); Lewis Palmer Middle school: Math: 76.4, Reading:84.3, Total: 160.7 Ranking 47 (up 10); TCA:36 (down 13), Cheyenne Mtn: 41 (Down 1), Discovery Canyon: 64 (down 5). Looks Like MA leads the pack in the middle school arena. So for those concerned parents looking into schools, maybe the best thing to do is look at where the school ranks among other schools in the area. All the information is published on line by School digger, once yearly after Colorado State releases test scores.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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