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Monarch Methodology

Neal Sarahan, Ph.D. and Debrah Hall, Ph.D., Program Directors of The Monarch School

Why Four Core Goals?The Monarch School operates as a therapeutic institution for the education of individuals with neurological differences. Monarch School has a method and a methodology. We have a plan, and a way to execute that plan. Our planning and learning structure is a unique creation. It allows us to work from where learners are to where they can and must grow.

The “education” we envision for these individuals is wide and broad and deep, encompassing all the dimensions of learning. We represent those dimensions through a structure of four core goals. Learners encounter, engage and expand their knowledge about themselves, their environment, their society, and their cultural and cognitive heritage. They are supported to master sets of tools and competences that will allow them to express gifts and talents, and make a contribution to their families, society, and world.

Visit our website to learn more about Monarch Methodology.

Art Night

Please join us as we showcase the visual arts created by our students this
school year & enjoy musical interludes by Monarch Students
The evening viewing is for our adult audience. Students will view on Thursday, May 5th.
Trunk show at Tootsie's in honor of Monarch graduating senior, Sarah McCord!

A Signature Event

There isn’t a day that goes by without Monarch faculty feeling proud of our students, but at Barnes & Noble on the evening of April 6, we were in awe of their achievement and contribution.

John Robison, author of the bestseller, Look Me in the Eye, and honorary graduate of The Monarch School, shared a delightful afternoon visiting with Monarch students and faculty. Later that evening, John signed copies of his new book, Be Different, while Monarch students signed copies of the teacher’s guide they were commissioned to create by Random House. Also joining us were the Monarch student authors of the guide written for John’s first book.

Click here for more on this special event, as well as other Challenger articles.

Guests from Guatemala

The first replication of The Monarch School is Colegio Monarch Guatemala in Guatemala City. Monarch Guatemala sent five professionals to be trained here at Monarch Houston during the whole school year 2006-07 and opened their doors in the fall of 2007. Colegio Monarch Guatemala’s founder, Alessandra Arimany, and teacher/coordinator Marielos Posada came for a two day visit in late March to report on the school’s progress. We were delighted to celebrate the school’s success and to continue to support its future!

More Cob Building with Kinkaid

The adventure continues! Special thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help. Enjoy this slide show of the work and the fun!

Corporate Highlight
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Grocers & Retailers Help You Help Monarch

Did you know that some retailers will donate percentages of your purchases to The Monarch School? These funds go directly to our scholarship fund and really add up over time. Click here to find out how to sign up!

A Grand Gesture

In the year of 1916 the Knabe Piano Company in Baltimore, Maryland built a beautiful baby grand piano. It was delivered to the home of McEyB Scott as a gift from her parents when she graduated from college.

Jane Van De Mark, granddaughter of McEyB Van De Mark, played the piano for a few years, but she then determined that the piano was not meant for her. It is her wish that this piano be given to The Monarch School “to improve the quality of life of children for whom music makes a difference.” She is certain that her grandmother would be “joyous to see it being put to such wonderful use.” Read more about this generous contribution here.

Monarch Voyager Headed to Munich for Special Olympics World Games

Hi my name is Patricia Katherine Threatt. I am part of the Voyager level of students here at The Monarch School. Early in the morning on January 26, 2011, I went with Mr. Keith Preston, Monarch’s Voyager Program Manager, to Channel 11 station for the TV show called Great Day Houston. I was on the show as one of the Special Olympics World Games (SOWG) Volleyball Team athletes. During the show my teammates and I were bumping and setting the ball. I got a couple pictures taken also with the host, Deborah Duncan. Visit our website to read the rest of Patricia’s article and other Voyager news!

Monarch Honored at ULI Awards

The Monarch School’s Chrysalis Building was a finalist in the Houston Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2011 Development of Distinction Awards. The Urban Land Institute ( is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. Click here for more on the ULI Awards.

Tea and Literacy

Challenger Teacher, Ms. Melanie’s first period literacy class was treated to a surprise tea hosted by Kipp Baxter, Monarch’s Development Director.

The menu consisted of several types of tea sandwiches, lavender scones with lavender jelly and rose tea from Bayou Bend Gardens. The group of five young Monarch women was preparing for their visit to Bayou Bend during The Azalea Trail. The tickets were generously donated by supporter, Mrs. McLanahan.

These young women have been studying about the life of Miss Ima Hogg and her work in the Houston community. Last fall they toured Bayou Bend and the new The Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center. They are excited to re-visit the beautiful home and 14 acres of historic and organically maintained gardens during the spring flowering season!

Love Was in the Air

We love our students and they love their Grandparents and Special Friends. On Friday, February 11th the Novice and Apprentice students welcomed their guests for a special video featuring our young students involved in various activities and then offering them time to visit and get to know each other. They then had the opportunity to share class time with their children as each classroom shared a craft or activity with their visitor.

On Monday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day, the Challengers and Voyagers welcomed their special guests for an afternoon at school. It could not have been a more appropriate day for the students to share classroom activities and daily routine with their guests. Click here for more on this story, and to watch a slide show.

Grounds for Growth

What do you do with your coffee grounds once the coffee has been made? Use them as abrasives to clean dirty surfaces? Create dyes for arts and crafts projects? Or do you throw them away into the garbage can?

Visit our website to find out how contributing your coffee grounds can help Monarch’s Get Out Program!

Starbucks® and Monarch – a Delicious Combo!

We are delighted to announce collaboration with Starbucks District 199! This is a result of our parent, Debbie Levinton, who introduced us to their district manager, Jean Manning. Jean and her partners had been looking for a local organization to work with that embraced many of the same values as Starbucks. After touring Monarch and meeting with Dr. Neal Sarahan, Program Director for Challenger and Voyager levels, Director of Development, Kipp Baxter, and several other faculty members, they had found a home in Monarch. Click here for more.

Parents & Grandparent Appreciation Day

Our parents and grandparents are very dear to us. We show our formal appreciation twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

Click here to read more and to watch a slide show of parents and grandparents receiving appreciation and gifts!

Building Communities, Bridging Continents

With more than 1.2 million Rotarians around the world, Monarch School students were recently honored with a visit from the District Governor of the Texas Gulf Coast. The Governor, Sunny Sharma, president of Sunbelt Medical Corporation, said he was honored to finally get the opportunity to visit Monarch. For he has heard about the school from many Rotarians throughout Houston even before he became District Governor! Visit our website to read more.

Keeping it Real

Apprentice students are engaging in community projects that offer authentic contributions. Click here to watch Andrew as he describes work being done for the Fairhaven Food Bank. Students extended their math lessons as they measured the bags of rice and beans.

Visit our website for more on this story and other Apprentice articles

Save the Date!

Please mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Miracle Makers Morning Breakfast to be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Westin Galleria Hotel. More information to follow in the coming months.

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The Monarch School
2815 Rosefield Dr.
Houston, TX 77080