The following are questions routinely asked by parents who are considering enrolling their student in Monument Academy:
- Half-day kindergarten 18 maximum with para support
- Full-day kindergarten 20 maximum with para support
- All other elementary 24 maximum with para support (our paraprofessionals roam between classes)
- Middle school core classes average 24 but tend to be smaller due to more cohorts. The elective classes can be much larger or smaller depending on the course (i.e. band, choir, drama, strings, forensics, speech and more)
Yes they do. We have reading buddy opportunities for them. The interactions are planned for leadership and relationship (character) purposes.
Also, in middle school, the NJHS or student council members help with some of the special elementary days.
These are questions that you will have to answer for yourself after observing our amazing staff at work and our students absolutely engaged in the process of learning. Our teachers are pushed to take students to the higher-level of thinking and use the Socratic dialogue and questioning. There is nothing cookie cutter about our school. We LOVE thinking outside of the box and encourage our students to think outside of the box and come up with their own creative solutions.
You will have to witness the joy of learning for yourself. Talking about it and seeing it are two different things.
Homework is dependent upon the grade level but as a general average: 10 minutes per grade number 1st = 10. 2nd = 20. This is not counting reading minutes.
Mastery is different for all children. Mastery is all about proper assessment and how follow through is handled after the assessment. Homework at MA is intended to reinforce and practice skills learned in the classroom.
Each student is a unique individual with unique personal, social, and educational needs. As a result, every disciplinary situation is unique in nature.
Consequences for misbehavior provide the best learning value when matched to the unique student and the unique situation. The odds for children learning from their mistakes increase dramatically when children set a reasonable connection between their behavior and the resulting consequences.
Monument Academy staff dedicates itself to following a set of core beliefs that provide a guide for dealing with student discipline. These core beliefs guide our attempts to individualize disciplinary procedures and to help students see reasonable connections between their behavior and the resulting consequences.
Since these core beliefs provide the guiding light for our professional decisions, the staff encourages parents to bring concerns and questions to us in the event that we operate in ways that appear to be inconsistent with these core beliefs.
Monument Academy Staff Core Beliefs
- We believe that every attempt should be made to maintain the dignity of both the adult and the student.
- We believe that students should be guided and expected to solve the problems they create without making problems for anyone else.
- We believe that students should be given the opportunity to make decisions and live with the results, whether the consequences are good or bad.
- We believe that students should have the opportunity to tell their side of the story (due process hearing) when consequences appear to be unfair.
- We believe that there should be a logical connection between misbehavior and resulting consequences.
It is. We use the Core Knowledge phonics program.
Core Knowledge phonics is based on the 270 phonemes as the others are as well but, it goes with the Core Knowledge reading program and has leveled some of the classics for kindergarten – second grade as well as integrated so much of the content tied into the phonics. The reading instruction integrates teaching to all modalities which makes reading more enjoyable for all readers.
We have cohesive leadership with singular vision. Our staff, including all administrators, is highly competent and dedicated to their craft.
We value positive relationships, partnerships with families, and seeing kids grow into their full potential.