The mission of Monticello Academy is to provide a superior education for K-8 students by:
Placing a high priority on academic achievement and college preparation;
Fostering traditional American values of hard work and strong moral character;
Encouraging parents to resume their rights and responsibilities to influence the education of their children;
Restoring strong art, music, and physical education components to the school curriculum;
Utilizing state-of-the-art technology to enhance instruction and learning;
Assisting students to gain knowledge, motivation, confidence, skills, and a lifelong love of learning.
Upon first visiting Thomas Jefferson’s estate in Virginia, one cannot help but sense the overwhelming inspiration and genius of this visionary statesman. 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. When any observer experiences the awe inspiring architecture, the immaculate grounds, the creative décor, and the refreshing vistas of Monticello, he or she instantly realizes that there is a yearning inside each of us for more light and knowledge.
Jefferson’s lifelong quest for education and drive to acquire books is well documented. The donation of his personal libraries established the prestigious library at the heart of the University of Virginia. His home was always filled with the latest gadgets and inventions. Even the Library of Congress bears his imprint. 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 under heaven
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.
Nor was Mr. Jefferson an elitist when it came to enlightenment. His objective was never merely to consume learning upon himself—his aim was always to encourage better education for the masses as well. Indeed, he believed that the proverbial tide of knowledge was meant to raise all of the boats in the harbor, not only his own. In an 1808 reply to the American Philosophical Society he declared,
I feel ... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.
by Thomas Jefferson
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