Monarch Academy is a special place that is intentional in how it approaches education of the whole child. MAGB believes that the social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive growth and development of students are all equally important. To that end, we carefully selected structures and curricula that support students through this journey. Monarch Academy partners with Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), the Children’s Guild / Tran Zed Alliance, and EL Education. As our operator, The Children’s Guild provides the vision for and management of our art enriched facility and ensures that we sustain a student centered, positive school culture that puts Kids First. We build our classroom and school culture through our intentional focus on crew. From kindergarten through eighth grade, students learn to respect and value their crewmates through community building circles, restorative practices, protocols that provide equity of voice, and our Habits of Excellence that incorporate collaboration and compassion.
Our instructional pedagogy is shaped in partnership with EL Education, which supports experiential learning that requires students to not only master concepts, but create authentic, high quality work. Our students have published books of poetry, worked with a non-profit to create and publish a book distributed in Ethiopia, and performed their original writing for a local audience. This process engages students in their learning as they deeply study a topic, explore with experts, and become an expert through their research and experiences. For example, our students have partnered and learned from experts such as human rights attorneys, Holocaust survivors, actors, spoken word poets, botanists, authors, environmental scientists. Students demonstrate their growth and accomplishments through bi-annual grade level Wingspan presentations and at their 5th and 8th grade “Passages” presentations. These forums require students to reflect on, speak about, and illustrate their learning to an audience as a class and individually. Monarch Academy uses the EL Education Language Arts modules for grades K-8 and the core practices of EL Education.
Our mission is to prepare students for citizenship by developing critical thinking skills, creative problem solving skills, self discipline, and a commitment of service to others in the community in which they live.
Monarch Academy work with, receives professional development, and shares best practices with the Children’s Guild Alliance public charter and non-public schools in Anne Arundel County, PG County, Montgomery County, and Washington DC. We also participate actively at the regional and national level in providing and participating in professional learning with EL Education as a network school.