Frequently Asked Questions
When will Monarch open it's doors for school?
Monarch is currently accepting enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. School will begin in August, 2018.
Can I visit the school building?
Unfortunately, not yet. Now that MCSA has received a 5 year unconditional authorization, we are looking for a building to call home. We are being intentional in finding a location that will allow us to grow over the next several years, and keeping the location in our target area. We are focusing our search in District 11 along Academy Blvd., near the Citadel Mall. Be sure to read future e-newsletters to stay up to date!
Do I have to pay tuition?
No, Monarch Classical School of the Arts is a free public charter school and open to all who want to enroll. We are committed to providing a world-class education at no cost to families. Everything that we offer, including before and after school enrichment, are free of charge.
No, unlike conventional public schools, charter schools do not receive money through local property taxes for facilities or transportation. Parents are encouraged to form carpools to help ensure an efficient car line. Other possibilities include travel by foot or bicycle.
Does the school offer bussing to and from school?
Does Monarch Classical School of the Arts have a uniform?
We are currently developing our dress code.
Monarch Classical School of the Arts will hire the most highly qualified teachers for our classrooms and seek out content experts.
What qualifications do you require of your teachers?
How did Monarch Classical School of the Arts get started?
Monarch Classical School of the Arts was founded by a small group of local educators who wanted to see expressive learning return to every classroom. We studied the most successful school models in the country and created a plan to bring that to the public school setting.
Children must be five years of age on or before October 1 to enroll in kindergarten. If a student is transferring from a parochial, private or other public school at the kindergarten or first-grade level and does not meet the District 11 entrance age requirements, it is recommended that the principal, teacher and a supervisor screen the student as an exception and make a decision at the building level.
How old does a child need to be to attend Kindergarten?
Does Monarch Classical School of the Arts admit students who are receiving special education services?
Yes. Our Student Services department will provide assistance to those with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), English Language Learners, and students who are significantly behind grade level. Monarch practices an inclusion model. Classroom teachers and student services staff collaborate to ensure that students remain in the general classroom as much as possible with minimal modifications to the curriculum.
Does Monarch Classical School of the Arts admit students who are English Language Learners?
Yes. Monarch Classical will provide English as a Second Language (ESL) support. However, we do not offer bilingual instruction.
What if there are more applicants than seats?
As a general rule, all students who submit an application in a timely manner will be given an equal chance of admission. After the open enrollment period each year, applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. There are two exceptions: As permitted by state law, siblings and the children of faculty and staff will receive priority admissions status for any open seats. Where there are more applicants than seats, the order of admissions will be decided by public lottery. Once enrolled, students at Monarch Classical will be guaranteed a seat in each subsequent year.
Is it possible to enroll after the school year begins?
Yes. If a seat becomes available, the school will contact the family at the top of the wait list to discuss their interest in filling the opening.
How can I learn more about the school?
This website is a good place to start. On the Upcoming Events page, under the About Us link, you will find information about our monthly meetings, where you can meet the founders and learn more about the school. You may also call the school and visit our social media pages.
What is Core Knowledge?
The backbone of our K-8 curriculum is the Core Knowledge Sequence (CKS) (not to be confused with the Common Core!). The CKS is the result of the pioneering work of education reformer E. D. Hirsch. The sequence is centered on two basic ideas . The first is that literacy depends upon background knowledge. The more you know about a subject, the easier it is to learn more about that subject. The second is that a citizen republic requires individuals with sufficient common knowledge to communicate effectively. The Core Knowledge Sequence was designed to meet both needs. It offers a coherent, knowledge-rich curriculum beginning in Kindergarten. Each year, students gain a wealth of content knowledge in history, literature, science, art, and music. What is more, each year builds on the previous one to avoid gaps or redundancies.
Along the way, students benefit from integration across the curriculum. For example, in 4th grade, students study the history of the Middle Ages in the fall semester. In the same semester, they also read literature set in the Middle Ages, and they study the art, architecture, and music of the Middle Ages.
By the time students complete 8th grade, they will have studied every major world civilization, ancient or modern, from around the world. They will have learned the stories, sayings, poems, art, and music that make up our common intellectual and cultural heritage. They will know our nation's history, and they will have the ability to read our founding documents with understanding.