In the Monarch Model™ we believe that learning must be learner-centered and intrinsically motivated. This goes hand-in-hand with the American Psychological Association (APA) research and the 14 Learner-Centered Principles that they have established. The program, which The Monarch School in Houston TX designed and Monarch schools around the world have adopted, focuses on the critical cognitive, motivational and affective factors that determine a child’s success in school.
The Monarch Model™ establishes that growth takes place within a developmental context. That’s why we are committed to helping students progress in Four Core Goal areas:
- Self-regulation and self-awareness
- Executive functions
- Relationship development
- Academic and Professional competence
1. Self-regulation and self-awareness
This core area centers on the emotional and behavioral balance and control that children require to attend an activity.
2. Relationship development
This core area involves the balance between the ‘I’ and the ‘we’, which is required to operate effectively in a social situation.
3. Executive functions
This core area refers to the cognitive skills required to plan, organize, implement and review an activity. Students actively work on alertness, mental energy, working memory and short-term memory, as well as internal dialogue. The objectives in this area cover the components of neural constructs required for ideation and attention.
4. Academic and Professional competence
This core area focuses on the academic and professional skills that a student can have and develop.
Our unique development-based system comprises of four stages: Novice, Apprentice, Challenger and Voyager. Learners work on individual goals within the four core areas during each of these stages. Every time they achieve a goal, the multidisciplinary team will suggest new challenges for students to tackle.