FAQ

General

 

Why Monarch?

The faculty at Monarch Learning Academy is united in their belief that children learn best in a small academic community where they actively participate and learn skills that encompass whole child development. At Monarch, participatory, student-centered learning teaches our students not just a given course’s content, but the skills required to be their own and each other’s teachers. The Christian environment and culture at Monarch encourages friendly and supportive interaction between age groups, and a collaboration that organically fosters individual student’s confidence and character.

 

What kind of student is a good fit for Monarch?

We are looking for families and students who will thrive in an environment where they are truly engaged and their ideas are taken seriously. Monarch students are encouraged to take full advantage of the amount of support and opportunity that is offered by our small class size.

 

Is Monarch affiliated with the church?

Monarch functions independently from Church on the Drive.

 

What are your class sizes?

Our class sizes are 12-15 students from Kindergarten through Grade 7.

 

Is there aftercare?

Yes. Our aftercare program runs until 6:00pm. We also have weekly afterschool enrichment classes and a study hall.

 

Tell me about the facility and outdoor spaces.

Monarch is located in Orlando within the Church on the Drive campus. We are within walking distance to Dartmouth Park. We have spacious classrooms, a courtyard, a large playground and garden. There is a dedicated computer lab/library and art studio.

 

Program

 

Why small classes in the upper school?

Classes with twelve to fifteen students are an incredible opportunity. Teachers are empowered to explore concepts and teach skills that might normally be reserved for tutoring or an older age group. In addition, they can be responsive to students’ individual needs and interests. A rapport and connection between student and teacher and between students can quickly develop allowing for a supportive, respectful and productive learning environment. Small classes allow our teachers to meet with students individually and in small groups daily.

 

What are the benefits of child-centered, project-based curricula?

Besides giving students a solid foundation in all areas of learning, our classes go beyond the traditional and mechanistic transmitting of information from the teacher to the student. At Monarch, we seek to experientially teach students how to learn. Learning is a cooperative enterprise in which the students and teacher work together as partners. A curriculum that is rich in project-based learning encourages meaningful inquiry and critical and creative thinking. Projects incorporate all subject areas as well as the students’ interests and knowledge. The result is a school full of engaged students who love to learn.

 

How is your curriculum developed?

The foundation of our upper school (K-7th) curriculum is in line with the Common Core Standards and based on a scope and sequence written by the faculty. The skills and content that are covered in both the upper and lower school classrooms stay the same from year to year, and we draw from multiple resources when planning lessons and projects to accommodate for specific learning styles as well as individual interests unique to a class.

 

Community

 

Where do Monarch Learning Academy families come from?

Our families come primarily from the College Park and Winter Park areas; however we do serve families that live in extended communities.

 

Are there volunteer opportunities for parents?

All great schools know that providing opportunities that reinforce the bond between home and school is an important component of student success. At Monarch, where community is a core value, parents’ volunteer work is needed and appreciated. Through Monarch’s Community Circle Equity, there are multiple ways for parents to be involved in the school community, among them, classroom assistance with projects and field trips, welcoming new families, library, book fair and organizing fundraisers.

 

How does the school communicate with families during the school year?

Most general school communication is sent out via e-mail. Teachers communicate with families informally every day and are happy to schedule meetings as needed. Report cards come out four times a year and conferences are held once in the fall and again in the spring.

 

Admission Process

 

What can I expect on a tour?

You can expect a full tour of the school when it is in session, as well as an opportunity to ask specific questions.

 

What can I expect at an Open House?

During an Open House, all classrooms are open and teachers are available for extended conversations about our program.



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