About Monticello Academy

The mission of Monticello Academy is to prepare students for higher education by providing a well-rounded, rigorous liberal arts education and developing the traditional American traits of hard work and strong moral character that lead to academic and life success.

Why do we exist?

Monticello Academy was founded by a group of parents who wanted more for their children than typical public schools provide. In particular, Monticello Academy:

  • Ensures students master and move beyond basic skills with a rigorous liberal arts education, continually focused on preparedness for higher education.
  • Puts rich historical and cultural knowledge at the center of the student learning experience through use of the Core Knowledge Sequence.
  • Uses Singapore Math instruction to give students a hands-on, conceptual understanding of mathematics that focuses on problem solving and includes mental math and mathematical fluency.
  • Recognizes and honors parents’ critical role in their child’s academic and social development by building meaningful parent participation into school programs whenever possible.
  • Starting in kindergarten, offers formal art and music instruction and a restored emphasis on physical fitness.
  • Emphasizes character development and high behavioral expectations using principles taught by Thomas Jefferson.
  • Finds opportunities to integrate and maximize technology at the intersection of the liberal arts and computer science.

What do students learn at Monticello Academy?

What’s behind the name?

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Monticello Academy is named after Thomas Jefferson’s estate in Virginia. He named the place “Monticello,” which in Italian means “little mountain,” but the term Monticello (pronounced mon-ti-chell-o) has become symbolic of much more than a place. Jefferson’s Monticello was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and, for us, represents Jefferson’s best ideals–his thirst for knowledge, his pursuit of artistic and scientific achievement, and his desire that education and its benefits should spread broadly through society.

In our curriculum, students pursue an in-depth study of American history every year, which includes a study of slavery and its horrendous toll. A full accounting of the meaning of Monticello must surely include the fact that it was a plantation. It is a tragic irony that while Jefferson’s eloquent defense of liberty changed history, starting in motion a wave of movements toward democracy and freedom around the world, he also maintained slavery at Monticello throughout his life. At Monticello Academy, as a liberal arts school dedicated to critical thinking and wrestling with difficult ideas, we don’t shy away from these facts. Nevertheless, the legacy of Monticello that we honor at our school is rooted in the best of Jefferson’s ambitions.

Jefferson demonstrated a life-long quest for education and a drive to spread its benefits widely. The donation of his personal library established the prestigious library at the heart of the University of Virginia. His home was always filled with the latest scientific inventions. Even the Library of Congress bears his imprint. The epitaph he wrote for his gravestone fails to mention that he was the president of the United States, instead focusing on his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and his role in establishing a public university–one founded on the interdisciplinary pursuit of knowledge:

Here was buried
Thomas Jefferson
Author of the Declaration of American Independence
of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom
& Father of the University of Virginia

It seems like his quest for enlightenment was insatiable, and he firmly believed that a nation that was well educated would be the happiest and most prosperous of all people on earth.

I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the conditions, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man.
-Thomas Jefferson to Cornelius Camden Blatchly, 1822


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