The Monarch School and Institute

Butterfly Program
6th Through 12th grade

The Butterfly Program assists students at the middle and high school academic levels with their development within the Four Core Goals™. Monarch’s Four Core Goals™ include: Executive Function, Self Regulation/ Self Awareness, Relationship Development, and Academic and Professional Competence. Students in the Butterfly Program will be able to display mutually shared ownership of their goals with faculty and family. In addition, your child will learn to navigate a multi-part schedule that includes changing classes while interacting with a variety of other learners and adults throughout their day.


+ Academic and Professional Competence

We offer 3 Pathways to high school graduation all based on the required credits of the Texas Foundation graduation plan with supports/accommodations built in as appropriate for each individual student.

  • 4-year College Pathway

Students graduating on the College Foundation Pathway will have all of the high school credentials necessary to be considered for a 4-year college or university. Your child will complete the necessary academic courses to achieve the Texas Foundation high school graduation path of 22 credit hours. The experience is accommodated as needed for each learner.

  • 2-year Associates/Certificate Pathway

Students graduating on the Associates/Certificate Pathway will have the credentials necessary to be considered for a 2-year Associates program or a certification program after high school. Your child will complete the necessary academic courses to achieve the Texas Foundation high school graduation path of 22 credit hours. The experience is accommodated as needed for each learner.

  • Transition Pathway

If your child does not plan to seek a university degree, they can access our Transition Pathway. Students on this pathway will focus on fundamental academics and Employability instruction through our Life Academy to promote post-graduate success.

For students working towards a post-secondary academic experience, Monarch offers dual credit opportunities with local community colleges as well as access to PSAT, SAT, and ACT preparations and testing experiences. Our adult program, Transition Services and Residential opportunities are available to students graduating on all three pathways.

We offer courses such as Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Integrated Learning, and Life Planning in an engaging and accessible manner that appeals to a wide variety of learning styles. Parents and Monarch faculty will collaborate in the development of the student's Therapeutic Education plan, which sets forth the student's educational and therapeutic goals.

+ Executive Functioning

At The Monarch School, your child will be assigned a multidisciplinary team that develops a relationship-based behavioral and learning plan that is specific to your child’s individual needs. We will also design tracking and reflection systems that measure your child’s personal growth toward ownership of specific objectives and targets within the Four Core Goals™.

Together, students and faculty reflect on their goals each class period. Data is continually collected and analyzed, and as objectives are mastered, new ones are chosen – cooperatively. In this way, your child develops self-monitoring techniques as part of a toolbox of strategies that promote regulation and engagement, especially as therapeutic and academic expectations are increased.

+ Relationship Development

Watching our students make and maintain friendships and relationships is so important to our faculty!

Thanks to a variety of social opportunities, we promote the creation of healthy relationships in both small groups and in larger groups within the community. Your child will learn how to initiate and participate in community service projects, community meetings, clubs, and committees.

We also offer secondary school experiences, such as socials/dances, prom, graduation, camp retreats, and field trips. Furthermore, through the Butterfly social justice/mediation system, learners develop strategies that help each other reach a mutually beneficial resolution after a conflict.

+ Beyond the Horizon

As part of our commitment to future employability, students are given career interest inventories beginning at age 12. Monarch electives are aligned with both the survey interest areas and the state endorsement categories helping students explore electives in their area of interest to develop their employability skills. Some of the elective offerings in our Life Academy include Culinary Arts, Business, Marketing, Production, Woodworking, Art, Photography, and more.