Restoring strong art, music, foreign language, and physical education components to the school curriculum; Utilizing state-of-the-art technology to enhance instruction and learning.
Monticello
Academy

Curriculum

Curriculum

Restoring strong art, music, foreign language, and physical education components to the school curriculum; Utilizing state-of-the-art technology to enhance instruction and learning.

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Core Knowledge. Most public schools take a “skills based” approach, focusing heavily on math and reading, and neglect building a rich base of background knowledge in history, science, literature, poetry, and the arts. The Core Knowledge curriculum exposes students to a content-rich, cross-disciplinary curriculum starting in kindergarten. From studying ancient Egypt in 1st grade to studying Shakespeare in 5th grade, Core Knowledge students gain a love of learning and a strong foundation for future study.

Singapore Math. We use the most successful math curriculum in the world, which emphasizes hands-on learning, conceptual understanding, and rigorous application. Students in a Singapore Math classroom are regularly challenged to master mental math, solve real-world problems, and justify their mathematical thinking.

Chinese. Starting in kindergarten, students at Monticello begin to learn Mandarin Chinese. Learning a foreign language has proven cognitive benefits, and Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. Experts believe the value of knowing Chinese will only increase in coming years.

Music. Students study music history and performance every school year. In grades K-4, students use the Kodály method to develop their rhythm, pitch, and musicality. Starting in grades 5, students choose instrumental or vocal performance. Our musicians have consistently achieved Excellent and Superior ratings.

Art. We take art seriously at Monticello, with students broadening their skill set every year. They learn about the great artists and artistic movements of history, imitate their works, develop their own styles, and participate in art shows.

Physical Education and Sports. At Monticello we appreciate the relationship of physical fitness, wellbeing, and academic success. Students take PE or health every semester and have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of extra-curricular activities, including soccer, volleyball (state champions), basketball, cross-country, and track and field.

Character and Citizenship. A part of our mission is fostering traditional American values of hard work and strong moral character. In every grade level our scholars study American history in depth, learn to value liberty, and respect the duties of citizenship. While recognizing the variety of individual needs, we hold all students to high standards of conduct.


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