GLEN BURNIE, Md.—Monarch Academy Glen Burnie, a public charter school founded and operated by The Children’s Guild and affiliated with TranZed Alliance, received a five-year renewal of the school’s charter contract. The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County voted unanimously to renew Monarch Academy’s charter at its Feb. 6, 2019, meeting.
“Monarch Academy Glen Burnie has become a leader in hands-on, project-based learning beloved by students, families and teachers in Anne Arundel County. We’re grateful to our partner Anne Arundel County Public Schools for recognizing Monarch Academy Glen Burnie’s strengths and renewing its charter,” said Andrew L. Ross, president and CEO of The Children’s Guild.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools considers site visits, interviews, other qualitative and quantitative data, a financial audit and a renewal application to evaluate Monarch Academy Glen Burnie on performance in six categories: instruction and student services, business and management services, school climate, governance and management, parent and community involvement, and operational compliance.
“I have a very close connection with Monarch, because my oldest son attended there for four years. He was the first fifth-grade class that went through, and we had a wonderful experience, and I think Monarch has set the standard,” board member Julie Hummer said at the Feb. 6 meeting. “Charter and contract schools are added to school systems to complement what we already offer, and Monarch Glen Burnie perfectly illustrates that.”
Monarch Academy opened in 2009, and this year concludes the fifth and final year of its second charter contract. The school serves 676 students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the mission of “preparing students for citizenship by developing critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, self-discipline, and a commitment to service in order to thrive in the community in which they live.”
“Monarch Academy Glen Burnie continued to assemble a teaching staff that worked diligently to build its capacity to deliver quality instruction, consistent with the school’s mission and instructional model. With the support of its Governing Board and operator, Monarch Academy has continued to establish itself as a unique educational option for families throughout Anne Arundel County,” according to the Anne Arundel County Public Schools charter renewal report.
In addition to Monarch Academy Glen Burnie, Monarch Academy Annapolis and Monarch Global Academy in Laurel are Anne Arundel County Public Schools contract schools and serve students in Anne Arundel County.
Monarch Academy Glen Burnie, a public charter school founded and operated by The Children’s Guild and affiliated with TranZed Alliance, serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade with an enriched, rigorous, hands-on, academic curriculum emphasizing project-based learning, arts enhancement and technology. In addition, Monarch Academy follows Transformation Education, an organizational philosophy that infuses a school’s beliefs and values into the look of the school building, instructional approach, teachers’ mindset and behavior and operating systems. (www.monarchacademy.org)