The Monarch School is dedicated to providing an innovative and therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences.
A Unique Approach
We believe that learning must be learner-centered and intrinsically motivated. This is consistent with the psychological research and the framework for school design and reform in the American Psychological Association’s 14 Learner-Centered Principles. We have designed our program so that it focuses on the critical cognitive, motivational and affective factors that research suggests determine success in school and life.
We also believe that growth takes place within a developmental context. That’s why we’re committed to helping students progress in Four Core Goal areas:
- Self-regulation and self-awareness
- Executive functions
- Relationship development
- Academic and professional competence
Our developmental Levels System includes four unique stages: Novice, Apprentice, Challenger and Voyager. For each level, students work on individual objectives within the Four Core Goal areas.
Students working primarily on Novice and Apprentice objectives have their practice zones in the Chrysalis program.
Students working primarily on Apprentice, Challenger and Voyager objectives find their practice zone in the Butterfly and Transition Services program.
As objectives are mastered, new ones are chosen. Roles for teachers, questions for students, parent training priorities, social grouping and curriculum selections all vary according to the student’s individual objectives.
With an exceptionally low faculty-student ratio of 1:2.5, Monarch studies each student’s style of learning and executive functioning—as well as their unique approach to organizing relational, personal and cognitive tasks and functions. Our faculty develops a neurodevelopmental profile that highlights the strengths and challenges of each student and informs the treatment plan. We then identify targets within our levels-based system that inform learners, families and professional educators about developmentally pivotal skills and strategies that will promote growth.
Our students’ neurological differences have marginalized them in typical educational settings, depriving them of the many practices necessary to regulate themselves in response to a challenging world. It is our responsibility to provide each student with a teacher or coach who facilitates these practices, guiding, counseling and mentoring the student.
At Monarch, integrated multidisciplinary teams of psychologists, social workers, counselors and therapists work with professional educators to develop relationship-based behavioral and cognitive plans, as well as design tracking and reflection systems that support the students’ work through our Levels System. Learners are given thousands of opportunities to practice skills and strategies in our Four Core Goal areas and are encouraged to develop ownership and awareness of their progress. In addition, self-monitoring strategies and intentional goal setting are taught, trained and coached at every level.
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