+ Overview

The Chrysalis program is an intensive 40-week intervention program, including a 5-week summer program, which is geared to the practice of Novice and Apprentice objectives in the Monarch Four Core Goal areas in order to address delays in the development of regulation, sensory motor coordination, language, relationships, and academics. Chrysalis serves students 3 years through grade 12. Highly structured, self-contained classroom environments feature professional educators in fixed ratio practice zones of either 2:1 or 4:1 student-to-faculty ratios. When therapeutically indicated, an enrolled child’s student-to-faculty ratio or number of classmates may increase in order to provide additional opportunities for growth. A multidisciplinary team of intervention specialists and mental health professionals provide regular interaction times with students, as well as specific liaison with parents, caregivers, and other mental health professionals. Comprehensive treatment plans and individualized home plans are developed and monitored to create seamless and frequent communication between home and school. Regular sessions of music therapy are part of the student’s treatment plan. Additional interventionist services may be recommended and can be added to the contract. In some extenuating circumstances, there may be additional fees for additional faculty supports.

+ Chrysalis 1 (C1) ($41,420)

Specialized practices at the 4:1 ratio are geared to the achievement of Novice and Apprentice objectives in the Monarch Four Core Goal areas in classrooms that consist of up to 8 students. The intention is to increase the student’s self-awareness of how their behavior affects those around them and increase their ability to use the adults and environment to improve their ownership of skills in the Four Core Goal areas. Faculty are curious about how the student learns and are focused on helping the students take ownership of this information to empower their interactions in the world. At this level, faculty develop a treatment plan that includes practices that allow the students to advocate for themselves and use strategies that will support success in the Four Core Goal areas. Faculty describe students at this level as benefiting from a structure that allows the adults to collaborate with the student regarding the goals and practices required for the student’s progress.

+ Chrysalis 2 (C2) ($49,415)

Specialized practices at the 2:1 ratio are geared to the achievement of Novice objectives in the Monarch Four Core Goal areas in classrooms that consist of up to 8 students. The intention is to increase the student’s awareness of his/her environment and teach the student to accept help from a teacher. The faculty takes responsibility to construct a treatment plan that guides the interactions that will be appropriate for the student at this level. This level also provides a therapy services plan, including speech and occupational therapy. Caregivers may be required to attend regular individual sessions with a trained interventionist to support the implementation of the Monarch methodology in the home environment. Professional educators describe students at this level as benefiting from an intense classroom structure where adults take primary responsibility for managing the set of practices required for the student’s participation.

+ Bridge Year (C1=$41,420, C2=$49,415)

Specialized practice in all curriculum areas are geared to the practice of primarily Apprentice objectives. The intention is to increase Butterfly practice for Chrysalis students, learning the structure and expectations of the Butterfly program and incrementally becoming familiar with the peers and faculty with whom they will work when they fully transition. Students will begin with enrichment classes to practice being in classrooms with more students. After practicing for a few weeks, with the length of time being determined on an individualized basis of readiness, students will begin to attend academic classes while also shifting to their enrichment schedule. This gives students practice changing periods as is done in a typical middle school/high school. Once the student has shown success on a half-day schedule, they are integrated to a full-day schedule with the support of a Therapeutic Coach (TC). The student’s ultimate goal is to begin in the Butterfly program full-time by the end of the school year. The faculty and student relationship is described as master to apprentice. Psychological support is provided through coaching with their Chrysalis Therapeutic Coach and their Butterfly Therapeutic Coach. Collaboration of Directors, Therapeutic Coaches, and professional educators is essential to support the learner and help the learner make the transition a success. Individual support and coaching groups will be provided. Faculty describe students at this level as benefiting from the Butterfly structure with adults taking primary responsibility for managing the set of practices and faculty teaching and structuring strategies for maintaining the student’s participation. Bridge students may attend the five-week Butterfly Summer Program rather than Chrysalis to enhance their growth.