Every child can achieve independence and success, regardless of past experiences: that is the founding principle behind Monument Academy, a transformative public boarding school that opened its doors in 2015 with its first class of 40 fifth graders. Most students have suffered significant trauma (abuse, hunger, loss of a parent) or have special needs; many are in foster care or are homeless. But with the right support, all have unlimited potential. Wrap-around care is key: staff are trained to address childrenís social and emotional needs in addition to fostering top-notch academic performance. Small classes, independent and group learning, special education services, counseling, and family engagement activities are all part of the program. And during the week, students live in single-gender homes (up to 10 students each) with a house-parent couple who teaches them important life skills in a safe, family-like environment. The Academy is dedicated to adding a grade level each year to see these youngsters (and many more) graduate from high school poised for long-term success. Letís join them on the journey.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 6

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Students

Awards & Recognition

Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant for Breakthrough Schools- 2015
Walton Foundation Public Charter Startup Grant- 2015
Roberts Award for School Innovation-2015
XQ SuperSchools Finalist-2016
SOAR (Scholarship for Opportunity and Results) Grants- 2016


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Monument Academy Public Charter School is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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