At Monticello Preparatory School our goal is academic excellence combined with a love of learning. Our dedicated, exceptionally skilled faculty, along with small class size and learning environment, make it possible for Monticello School to offer the renowned Core Knowledge Sequence Curriculum (TM). This curriculum is a specific, coherent and cumulative curriculum that outlines what every child should learn from Kindergarten through the Eighth grade level. This rigorous curriculum provides age appropriate study of Western civilization and its arts and sciences, including Literature, Visual Art, Music, Theater,  American and World History and Social Studies,  Geography, and Science, in addition to Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The Core Knowledge Curriculum also includes study of World civilizations and cultures that encourage global awareness.

The Core Knowledge Sequence Curriculum (TM) has been proven to dramatically accelerate both student achievement and enjoyment of learning, as documented in more than a thousand Core Knowledge (TM) schools across the country as well as independent studies by organizations such as Johns Hopkins University. No other curriculum has been as thoroughly researched and vetted as the Core Knowledge Sequence Curriculum.

E.D. Hirsch, who developed The Core Knowledge Sequence Curriculum, is a highly revered educator. Among many honors Hirsch is an Elected Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the International Education Society.  He has served on the Advisory Board of U.S. Department of Education. He is also the Recipient of the prestigious 2012 Education of the States Conant Award from Harvard University for his many contributions to Education, and especially for having created the Core Knowledge Sequence Curriculum. He is nationally recognized as Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities, at the University of Virginia.

Hirsch has been awarded several fellowships and honors, including the Fulbright Fellowship (1955), the Morse Fellowship (1960), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1964), the Explicator Prize (1965), the NEA Fellowship (1970), the NEH Senior Fellowship (1971-71), the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities Fellowship (1973), the Princeton University Fellowship in the Humanities (1977), and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship at Stanford University (1980–81).

Hirsch has received honorary degrees from Rhodes College and Williams College and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a board member of the Albert Shaker Institute.  (American Educator, New York Times, Stanford University, Hoover Fellows Biography)



Don’t be confused by schools who claim to offer “Common Core Classes” or whose classes address “Common Core Standards.”  The terms “standards” and “curriculum” are often—and erroneously—used as synonyms for one another. Standards define what children should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.  A curriculum specifically describes what children need to learn to meet those standards.The Core Knowledge Sequence is just such a curriculum. There is only one true, trademarked “Core Knowledge Sequence Curriculum (TM)” and that is what we are very proud to provide at Monticello Preparatory School. 

Because Monticello is committed to providing an education that truly encourages global awareness, in addition to the requirements outlined by the Core Sequence  (TM), we provide age appropriate classes in Latin, Spanish and French beginning in Kindergarten. Students receive technology classes that develop computer skills and familiarize students with commonly used programs such as Word, Excel and Power Point.  Students are fully engaged  in learning all Twenty-first century Skills.  Students are also receive Social Skills Instruction Classes.

Monticello offers a rigorous academic curriculum that is perfectly balanced by our exciting and inspiring Arts and Sports programs. Click the Arts and Sports tab to read more about these programs.