Monarch Learning Academy believes that all students can and should discover a profound sense of understanding, joy, and accomplishment through The Arts.
We teach that in all cultures throughout history, humans have expressed insights about themselves and the world around them through dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Our teachers understand that experiences in “the practice of creating” enable learners to understand the arts and to express themselves in ways that do not depend solely on the written or spoken word. Consequently, we educate students to appreciate ideas and emotions conveyed in sound, image, movement, and works, and to speak the languages of The Arts.
Monarch Learning Academy's Philosophy on The Arts is as follows:
- The Arts are essential to the education of all students.
- Students exercise and display multiple intelligences through The Arts.
- Authentic assessment in The Arts is designed to demonstrate what students know and can do; it provides a model of assessing all complex learning.
- Comprehensive and sequential Arts programs encourage students to make multicultural and interdisciplinary connections.
- Sustaining high-quality Arts programs requires partnerships between the school and its community.
In Preschool, visual and textile art education is integrated daily into the classroom curriculum.
Elementary School students participate in a weekly art class whereby they explore varying textures, styles, and media.
Middle School students may choose art as a weekly elective in either semester.
Music and Dance
Our music and dance teacher, Natalie Graham, provides quality, hands-on instruction in music and dance. As we present developmentally appropriate musical and movement experiences, children are encouraged to learn, grow, discover, and create while simultaneously experiencing the joy of music and movement. It is our goal to instill a love and appreciation for music and dance that will continue to enrich students' lives and nourish their souls from now into adulthood.