Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Monarch School?

Monarch School is a unique public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project, a 501(c)3 organization. Monarch is an accredited K-12 public school with fully credentialed teachers. The County provides teachers and an accredited education, and the Project supplements this program through academic and enrichment programs including an after school program, expressive arts therapy, and counseling. The Project also provides healthcare, clothes, food and family assistance. These essential services give our kids a chance to help break their cycle of poverty and homelessness.

How does a school for homeless youth benefit the community?

Children who are hungry and lack health care, adequate clothing and other basics cannot focus on learning. Monarch provides the programs and services that homeless children need in order to achieve academic and personal success. Without intervention, homeless youth risk becoming chronically homeless adults. Education gives these kids hope for a brighter future.

Who is homeless in San Diego?

The number of homeless families in San Diego continues to grow, and it is a very real crisis for our community. According to the San Diego County Office of Education, there are over 18,000 homeless students in San Diego County, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. About 40 percent of our county’s homeless population is made up of families. Three out of four children in those families are elementary school age.

Why do our homeless students need a new, larger school?

Monarch is full beyond its capacity. Each classroom must accommodate multiple grade levels. A small outdoor courtyard beside the noisy train tracks serves as our students’ only gathering space and recreation area. The current school lacks a cafeteria, gym, playground, auditorium, and medical clinic as well as science, computer and tutoring rooms.

How would a new school building serve our county’s homeless children?

We have identified a new site for the school that will accommodate up to 350 students daily, twice our current enrollment. This 51,000-square-foot building will be remodeled and equipped to provide the space and features that are essential to an effective learning environment.

How can you help?

Become a key figure in changing the lives of San Diego’s homeless children. By pledging to our capital campaign, you’ll help children who are living in poverty right here in San Diego get the school they deserve . . . and a chance to get off the streets and into the classroom.