The mission of the Monarch School is to educate students impacted by homelessness and to help them develop hope for a future with the necesseary skills and experiences for personal success.
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Monarch School provides an exellent academic and supportive environment in which any student in San Diego County who is impacted by homelessness will receive a rigorous education and grow personally to become a highly motivated, contributing member of society.
A unique partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project, a 501(c)(3) organization
SAN DIEGO, CA – April 24, 2013 – Monarch School will soon be able to serve its students in a whole new way. The new Monarch School Nat & Flora Bosa Campus for children impacted by homelessness celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The new school, located just south of Petco Park, at 1625 Newton Avenue, is five times the size of the school’s current facility and will allow the school to double enrollment, maximizing educational opportunities for children affected by homelessness in San Diego.
“This celebration recognizes more than a decade of work by committed and dedicated individuals who have made this campus a reality,” said Erin Spiewak, Monarch School CEO.
Andrea Chacon no longer dreads the question.
“Where do you live? I have no problem answering any more. I live in a shelter,” said Andrea, 15, a student at the Monarch School for homeless youth. “No one judges me here.”
More than 25 years after a drop-in center for homeless students opened in San Diego with a single teacher, a gleaming $15 million campus for transient youth will make its debut in downtown’s East Village Wednesday.
Monarch will move out of its cramped Cedar Street quarters and into a 51,000 square foot complex near Petco Park that includes a health center, computer lab, gym, playgrounds and gardens.
It will be a bittersweet celebration.
The students who painted the mural at a temporary wall in Horton Plaza were able to see their completed creation for the first time on Wednesday. Students from Monarch School, which serves kids whose families have been impacted by homelessness, helped design and create the mural that covers major construction in downtown San Diego.
The mural features their favorite places in San Diego, from Balboa Park to Coronado. The children painted the mural at school, and then each piece was transported to Horton Plaza to cover the wall.