Frequently Asked Questions
When will Monarch open for school?
Monarch is currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
Students will begin in August, 2018.
Can I visit the school building?
Our founding team is working hard to get everything ready for opening school year, 2018-19. Extensive remodeling and construction of the facility will likely go on until summer of 2018. For this reason, we will not have the opportunity to allow visits from our community until after the ribbon cutting ceremony (scheduled for summer of 2018). Follow our Facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on any changes that may occur. If for some reason the timeline moves up, we will gladly begin school visits as soon as we are allowed.
Do I have to pay tuition?
No, Monarch Classical School of the Arts is a FREE public-charter school and open to all who want to enroll. We are committed to providing a world-class education without tuition charges.
At the present time, Monarch will not provide busing to and from school because we do not have the funding to support the costs. However, we do offer a collaborative carpool system for families that will assist in coordinating a pick-up and drop-off schedule in various areas of Colorado Springs. Families are encouraged to sign-up as soon as possible if they are interested in participating in this parent organized effort. Please contact the school for more information.
Does the school offer busing to and from school?
Does Monarch Classical School of the Arts have a uniform?
Our school leaders and parent committee members agreed on a defined dress code versus having a strict uniform. Students will be expected to wear sleeved, solid colored shirts with no graphics or logos, and solid colored, well-fitting bottoms. Students may wear jeans if it is worn with their Monarch shirt.
Monarch Classical School of the Arts will hire the most highly qualified teachers for our classrooms and seek out content experts.
What qualifications do you require of your teachers?
How did Monarch Classical School of the Arts get started?
Monarch Classical School of the Arts was founded by a small group of local educators who wanted to see expressive learning return to every classroom. We studied the most successful school models in the country and created a plan to bring that to the public school setting.
What is Monarch's policy and process for tardiness and early departure?
Late Arrival - A student who arrives in homeroom after 8:00 am is counted as tardy. If a student arrives tardy to school, a parent or guardian must accompany the student to the school office and sign him/her in. The office attendant will complete a tardy slip, which the student must submit to the teacher upon entering the classroom. Unless a doctor’s note or similar is provided tardies to school are coded as unexcused. Please be mindful that when a student arrives tardy to school, they are entering a classroom after instruction has begun – missing instruction for themselves and disrupting instruction for all other students in the classroom.
Early Departure - When there are plans for a student to leave before the end of the school day, he/she should bring a note from the parent to submit to the homeroom teacher. At the appropriate time, the student will be called to be dismissed to pack up and report to the office. The parent must come to the office to sign the student out of school. All early dismissals are recorded as unexcused early dismissals. If a note from a doctor’s or dental office is provided, indicating that the student was seen foran appointment at the specified time, the early dismissal will be recorded as excused
Parents are encouraged to notify the school on the day their child is absent. An email or written note to the front office Administrative Secretary and homeroom teacher stating the reason for absence or lateness is required within two school days of the student’s return, or the absence is automatically classified as unlawful. Students who were absent from school have the responsibility to request make-up work upon their return.
Absences considered lawful and therefore excused, as described in the Public School Laws and Code of Bylaws of the Colorado State Board of Education, are:
● Illness of the student (doctor’s verification may be required)
● Death in the immediate family (an obituary may be requested with the parent note)
● Court summons for the student
● Hazardous weather condition
● Work or activity accepted by the school authorities
● Observance of religious holiday
● State emergency
● Health exclusion
● Other emergency (judgment of Superintendent or designee)
Students who take trips with their parents may be excused no more than twice during a year for a combined maximum of five days.
Absences other than those cited as lawful, including “playing hooky,” are presumed to be unlawful and may constitute truancy. Unlawful absences and trips during the school year are strongly discouraged. The accelerated curriculum makes it very difficult for a student to retrieve the learning that is lost through absence. We encourage families to plan trips that do not fall on school days. Missing class can cause students to fall behind on work and may cause excess anxiety for some students. Remember that there is no substitution for being present for the teacher’s instruction on a given day.
At the elementary level, unlawful absences in excess of five (5) days in any one nine (9)-week grading period shall result in an unsatisfactory mark in grades 1-3 and a failing grade in grades 4-5 in the affected class or classes.
At the secondary level, unlawful absences in excess of five (5) days in any one nine (9)-week grading period shall result in a failing grade in the affected class or classes.
A student is counted present for a full day if the student is in attendance four hours or more of the school day. A student i s counted present for a half day if in attendance for at least two hours of the school day, but less than four hours. A student scheduled for less than a full day is to be counted present based on the amount of time he/she is scheduled.
What is the attendance policy?
Children must be five years of age on or before October 1 to enroll in kindergarten. If a student is transferring from a parochial, private or other public school at the kindergarten or first-grade level and does not meet the District 11 entrance age requirements, it is recommended that the principal, teacher and a supervisor screen the student as an exception and make a decision at the building level.
How old does a child need to be to attend Kindergarten?
Does Monarch Classical School of the Arts admit students who are receiving special education services or are English Language Learners?
Yes. Our Student Services department will provide assistance to those with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), English Language Learners, and students who are significantly behind grade level. Monarch practices an inclusion model. Classroom teachers and student services staff collaborate to ensure that students receive the layered supports necessary to meet individual goals.
Authorization and Accreditation
CSI is an independent agency within the Department of Education that authorizes Colorado charter schools. CSI holds their authorized schools accountable for the evaluation of academic, organizational, and financial school performance. Charter's earn their initial authorization through a rigorous application process. Continued authorization is dependent upon meeting and exceeding goals set forth in the charter school's Unified Improvement Plan (UIP).
While CSI is accredited by the Colorado Department of Education, each CSI School is accredited by CSI. CSI has developed an accreditation system, which incorporates the state performance indicators set forth in the State Board Rules for the accreditation of public schools (1 CCR 301-1), known as the CSI Annual Review of Schools ("CARS").
What if there are more applicants than seats?
As a general rule, all students who submit an application in a timely manner will be given an equal chance of admission. After the open enrollment period each year, applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. There are two exceptions: as permitted by state law, siblings and the children of faculty and staff will receive priority admissions status for any open seat. Where there are more applicants than seats, the order of admissions will be decided by public lottery. Once enrolled, students at MCSA will be guaranteed a seat in each subsequent year.
Is it possible to enroll after the school year begins?
Yes. If seats are open, the school will allow rolling-enrollment or contact the family at the top of the wait list to discuss their interest in enrolling.
How can I learn more about the school?
This website is a good place to start. Parent meetings are held every 3rd Saturday at the Ruth Holley Branch of the Pikes Peak Library District, from 11:00 - 12:00 noon. You may also call the school and visit our social media pages. Our Upcoming Events page gives detailed information.
Will Monarch offer school lunches or after school snacks?
Monarch will offer a meal program that includes breakfast, lunch, and after-school snacks. The federal Free and Reduced Lunch applications will be used to determine individual student/family cost. All families who think they may qualify for free or reduced rates are encouraged to apply. The application is always confidential.
Core Knowledge vs. Common Core
Simply put, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the "what," whereas Core Knowledge is the "how." The Common Core is a set of standards of specific skills that must be mastered at each grade level. Core Knowledge is subject matter taught in an explicit and sequential manner to meet/exceed the CCSS.
This might be better understood using the example below:
2nd grade Math CCSS - CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.B.2
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
Content from the Core Knowledge Sequence 1. Achieve timed mastery of addition facts, p. 57 2. Recognize what an addend is, p.57 3. Achieve timed mastery of subtraction facts, p.57 4. Understand the inverse relation between addition and subtraction facts, p. 57. 5. Know addition and subtraction “fact families”, p.57
Just the Facts (a Core Knowledge lesson for 2nd grade)- This unit targets mastery of timed addition and subtraction facts as described in the Core Knowledge sequence. This unit focuses on differentiating instruction in order to engage all students as active learners. The students will participate in literature activities; such as chants, songs, hand clapping rhymes, as well as paper-pencil drills, and journal writing. The culminating activity will involve all students in a Math Fact Bee.
More information about Core Knowledge curriculum can be found here.
How can I help?
There are many ways that Monarch families and community members can support during the developmental year of MCSA.
Spread the word! - Tell your family and friends, place flyers at your daycare, clubs, events, and LIKE and SHARE our social media pages. Invite us to speak at your community events. Reaching our enrollment goals will ensure stronger funding for MCSA.
In kind services - We, are in need of supporters with backgrounds in fundraising, web design, grant writing, among others. Please share your skills with us!
Volunteer - As we continue our work toward welcoming students in August 2018, we will have need for a variety of tasks. Please complete the form below so we may contact you when needs arise.
Donations - We are accepting monetary donations for our Monarch Mission general fund. This fund ensures that our students receive the exceptional educational experience they deserve.
Sponsorships - We are accepting sponsorships in trade for advertising. We are offering print space for your company's logo on our school t-shirts, website, and newsletters. If you do not own a business of your own, talk to your management about this wonderful opportunity to support quality education for our children!