Monticello Preparatory School is committed to providing a nurturing learning environment that supports and encourages the development of creativity, originality, inventiveness and leadership.We believe that classes must be limited to no more than 12 students. The limited class size learning environment allows for an atmosphere of calm, engaged learning.
We believe that a Christian environment based upon attributes such as kindness, integrity, courage, honor, compassion and a good work ethic are paramount to the success of each student and the school as a whole. We believe that the combination of the very ethical Christian environment and the limited class size assures a safe, supportive learning environment.
We believe each student is entitled to a unique, customized education that is reflective of each student’s individual talents and strengths. The flexibility allowed by the limited class size learning environment provides for a customized education for each individual student throughout the curriculum, activities and programs.
In order to ensure this customized model of education is available to each student, we believe that students should be able to progress in their studies according to their own developmental stage and accomplishments within each individual subject, rather than limiting their potential for growth and development based solely upon “grade” or chronological age. This approach makes it possible for students to study a variety of subjects based upon demonstrated ability in each subject area, rather than studying course work based simply upon “grade” or chronological age.
We believe that students benefit from attending flexibly grouped classes that are comprised of students of similar achievement levels, and sometimes of varying ages. Students learn to respect diversity in intellect. They learn to recognize excellence in aptitude in varying subjects and content areas including, but not limited to, academics. Older students develop leadership skills and a sense of concern and responsibility toward younger students. Younger students emulate and esteem older students. All students learn to operate comfortably with persons outside of their own chronologically age-based peer group.
Toward this end, we believe that at all levels of instruction the instructional model wherein a team of Master Academicians collaborate to provide each student with the best customized curriculum possible, best serves a student population. We believe that the coordinated or cross-curricular method of instruction must be utilized whenever possible. We believe all faculty members must cooperate fully as acollaborative team to coordinate and implement such methods of instruction.
We believe that a traditional education, in which the history, literature, languages, sciences and cultures of Western Civilization are studied in depth, must be balancedwith a study of additional world cultures in order to promote cultural empathy, understanding and global awareness.
We believe that historically proven methods of instruction must be balanced with new methods of instruction that develop critical thinking skills and twenty-first century skills. We believe the needs of the individual student must be balanced with the needs of the school as a whole. We further believe that a challenging, rigorous academic curriculum, such as ours, must be balanced with exciting athletics programs, inspiring creative arts programs and plenty of fun filled activities. We believe the school is an extension of the family.
We believe the school that best serves the student, best serves the family. We believe the school and student families must embrace a philosophy of cooperation, compassion, collaboration, and respect in regard to all parties: students, parents and family, Master Academicians, Instructional Assistants, Professional Experts, Administration and Staff.
We believe talent or ability in any subject is honorable and worthy of respect, and should be encouraged and developed to its fullest extent, whether that talent presents itself in the area of language arts, music, visual art, theater, humanities, sports, mathematics or science. Students should be encouraged to pursue and explore their passions, natural talents and interests.