The teachers at Monarch Academy spend a lot of time creating Expeditions for the students that must meet the needs of the students at their level of learning. In addition they participate in weekly professional development classes- more than what is expected from a teacher in the county. The teachers respond quickly and professionally to parents via email or phone call within an acceptable amount of time.
While the Habits of Excellence and 5 Promises are infused throughout the day, students have opportunities during CREW to share situations or be provided a situation to discuss and have meditation about to help understand someone else's view.
Character education is infused throughout the lessons. The students are held accountable for their actions through the Student Support Center (SSC) and the parents are encouraged to share concerns with the school.
My children have attended Monarch Academy for the past two years after transferring from private school. Not only were they welcomed with open arms, they embraced the learning environment and the culture of the school. My children come home excited to share what they have learned about through their Expeditions and field work. They are academically challenged by their teachers and staff and Character Education is infused throughout the day. My eldest took advanced classes this year- Algebra 1 and Spanish 1. Our other child was in STEM Math and all of our children are above grade level in reading. My children have flourished in this atypical classroom environment. If you are seeking a traditional program you won't find it here. And while there is not an opportunity for afterschool programs, there is before and after care to meet the needs of working families. There are also several "electives" Middle School students can take during the day that you would never see in a traditional school such as yoga, musical theater and Earth matters. We feel strongly we have made the best decision for our children to attend Monarch Academy. The faculty and staff are committed to the students and the school building is inviting and beautiful as well.
Miononarch is an innovative school - the expeditionary learning model has been great for my son. Looking at topics across multiple disciplines creates a deeper understanding of the concepts. We wish there was more communication from the teachers, and advanced learners are not as challenged academically as they could be, but it is an excellent school.