The Monarch School and Institute
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Our Programs

We believe that quality education and supports must be learner-centered and inspire intrinsic motivation. Our approach is consistent with the psychological research and framework for school design and reform described in the American' Psychological Association’s “Top 20 Principles for Pre-K to 12 Education.” We designed our programs so that they focus on the critical, cognitive, motivational and affective factors that contemporary research suggests determines success in school and life. Our Therapeutic Coaches and Professional Educators work “hand in hand” and “side by side” developing and implementing Individual Therapeutic Educational Plans ensuring every student and adult learner receives a balanced approach to a therapeutic education allowing our students and adult learners to find their best life today and beyond.


Chrysalis Program >>>

Serving students grades Pre-K-12 in their development within the Four Core Goals™. Students in Chrysalis are working on delays in development of regulation, sensory motor coordination, relationships,and academics. Class ratios are 4:1 and 2: 1. Depending on levels of support needed, students may transition to Bridge around the age of 11.

Bridge Program >>>

Ranging from grades 6-12, Bridge serves as a transitional opportunity for students ready for greater independence to experience a secondary type program. Students engage with multiple teachers and elective opportunities. Upon progress in the Four Core Goals™, students may transition to Butterfly.

Butterfly Program >>>

Ranging from 12 to 21 in age, grades 6-12, students will be able to display mutually shared ownership of their goals upon graduation. Butterfly offers three pathways towards graduation supporting and meeting each student where they are as Monarch faculty, parents, and student plan for their post-secondary opportunities.

Residential Program >>>

Our Residential Program provides an enriched living environment designed to meet the needs of young adults moving toward greater independence by offering a progressive environment that motivates learning and stimulates personal growth.

Transition Services >>>

For adults 18 and older in furthering their development by working towards sustainable success and independence. Transition Services provides adult related experiences as our adult community members gain and improve skills in functional academics, access to college, employability training, and residential opportunities.

Sustainability Explorations Program >>>

Our Sustainability Explorations Program provides another critical domain in which learners practice developing ownership of our Four Core Goals™.

Summer Program >>>

The Summer Program provides a five-week session incorporating the Four Core Goals™.


The four Core goals™

We believe that true growth takes place within a developmental context, by means of a shared experience between the student and teacher. By pursuing activities that lead directly to growth in these areas, we ensure that your child progresses as a student and as a well-rounded person.


FOUR Core Goals™

Self-regulation and self-awareness

Executive functions

Relationship development

Academic and professional competence

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Every student and adult learner has a therapeutic Educational plan. these plans address therapeutic as well as academic objectives.

Our students’ individual strengths and challenges are identified, then pivotal objectives are selected within Monarch’s Four Core Goal™ areas.


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 within the Four Levels framework.


Our Methods

The Monarch School provides an innovative education and transition support into young adulthood for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder, AD/HD, and learning disorders, combining academic rigor with therapeutic practices that address each learner’s specific needs. Our learners are given endless opportunities to practice skills and strategies in our Four Core Goal™ areas, which encourages ownership and awareness of their progress. In turn, this helps them develop self-monitoring strategies and intentional goal setting at every level.


Customized Learning

Monarch studies each student’s style of learning and executive functioning—as well as their unique approach to how they organize their relational, personal, and cognitive tasks and functions.

Using this information, our faculty develops a neurodevelopmental profile that highlights the strengths and challenges of each student, and this directly informs the Therapeutic Education Plan.

guided Coaching

Our students’ neurological differences marginalized them in typical educational settings, depriving them of the many practices necessary to regulate themselves in response to a challenging world.

Thanks to our exceptionally low student -faculty ratios of 2:1, 4:1. 6/9:1 at The Monarch School, we can provide each student with a teacher or coach who facilitates the individual practices, guiding, counseling, and mentoring each students need to succeed.

Experienced Specialists

At Monarch, our integrated multidisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, counselors, and speech and language as well as music therapists work with professional educators to develop relationship-based behavioral and learning plans. Together, these experts design tracking and reflection systems that support the work of our students as they progress through our Levels System.


Four Levels of Development

Students working primarily on Novice and Apprentice objectives have practice zones in the Chrysalis program and Students working primarily on Apprentice, Challenger and Voyager objectives find practice zones in the Butterfly and Transition Services programs. see more >>>