Frequently Asked Questions
What is classical education?
Classical education is over 2,500 years old and originates from the Greeks and Romans. It was refined by religious institutions in the Middle Ages into its current form. Classical refers to the period of time it was established and also the classical works that are studied.
Classical education teaches students how to learn by engaging them strategically, based on their grade and particular interests at a certain developmental stage. Instead of providing disconnected facts, figures, and phonics; Classical education encourages curiosity and context; connecting ideas so children can become independent thinkers.
For example, a lesson on Galileo would be applied to history, grammar, and science (even math) seamlessly, allowing the student a broad context that will enhance their comprehension and knowledge base. The only difference from grade to grade would be teaching methods and how the information is presented.
What is a charter school?
A charter public school is a non-profit, tuition-free, independently operated public school granted greater flexibility in curriculum, staffing, and operations. Monarch Classical School of the Arts will be authorized by the Charter School Institute.
Facts about Charter schools:
- Receive state “per-pupil revenue” (PPR) and some local mill levy dollars but do not typically receive funding for capital expenses, which must be paid for from operational funding
- Offer seats to children based on random lottery
- Offer a variety of curricula, instructional styles, and sometimes differ in their philosophy toward education. Parents choosing a charter school as an option for their children doesn’t indicate a weakness in district run schools, but a preference for a different approach and focus for their child
- Serve students with specials needs
- Allow parents a choice in the education of their children
For more information on charter schools in Colorado, visit the Colorado League of Charter Schools.
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 clubs, 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?
Yes. In order to foster an atmosphere of respect and minimize distraction, students are required to wear uniforms. Studies have reaffirmed what we already knew to be true—that uniforms are conducive to a good learning environment. The school will make every effort to provide assistance to families in need. We believe in the value of uniforms but do not wish to see the cost keep anyone away.
Monarch Classical School of the Arts will hire the most highly qualified teachers for our classrooms and seek out content experts.
After involved parents, it’s known that highly effective teachers, using an excellent, proven curriculum in the classroom, have the greatest impact on student success. Monarch Classical School of the Arts seeks staff with expertise in their content area and the best teachers for each position.
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 Classical 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, so long as their parents inform the school of their intent to return the following 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 Events page, you will find information about public meetings, where you can meet the founders and learn more about the school. You may also call the school at
Questions about the Curriculum
How much homework should a student expect?
What is Core Knowledge?
Monarch Classical School of the Arts believes in the liberal arts & sciences, because this is an education that liberates. It offers to free students from enslavement to bad habits by encouraging good ones. It offers to free students from their own limited experience of the world. It broadens their existence through an encounter with other times and places. It is also an education that introduces students to profound reflections on what it means to be free.
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. Two basic ideas animate this sequence. 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.
Click here to download the Core Knowledge Sequence (pdf). Please note that we follow the Core Knowledge Sequence for literature, history, science, art, and music. For math, we use Eureka Math, and for early instruction in reading, we use Riggs.