A San Diego County Grand Jury report released in June 2011 entitled “Civic Success:Public Service at its Best” described Monarch students as “HAPPY with a capital H”, and ”showing a level of attention not always seen in schools”.
Monarch’s 4th-5th grade teacher Stephen Keiley is one of five local teachers named “2011 San Diego County Teacher of the Year.”
Monarch senior Roberto Cortez was selected as a regional finalist in the 2011 WWE Reading Challenge sponsored by World Wrestling Entertainment and Young Adult Library Association. Cortez also won books and $2,000 for Monarch’s Library, and a trip to WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta to compete for WWE ringside tickets.
Dana Harwood’s 8th grade class received the Youth Award for developing solutions to improve walkability near Monarch School at Walk San Diego’s Annual Gala & Kaiser Permanente’s Golden Footprint Awards Ceremony in April 2010.
Two Monarch students were selected as regional finalists in the 2010 WWE Reading Challenge sponsored by World Wrestling Entertainment and Young Adult Library Association. Ricki Roberts, grade 6, and Brian Gastelum, grade 9, won trips to the WrestleMania Reading Challenge National Finals and WrestleMania XXVI.
Monarch’s student steel drum band, the Steel Monarchs, was named “Best Student Band” in San Diego Magazine’s “The Best of 2009” issue.
Monarch’s Reading Specialist Stacy Bermingham was honored for Leadership in Biliteracy at The Biliteracy Symposium in 2009.
A San Diego County Grand Jury report released in May 2008 entitled “Hope for Homeless Children—An Educational Success” described our students as “happy, well behaved and excited about learning” and commended the staff at Monarch School “for their hard work, perseverance, and dedication” to homeless and at-risk children.”
Monarch School Project was named “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” at San Diego Magazine’s 7th Annual Charitable Events Registry Celebration Art of Giving awards presentation in January 2007.