What makes Monarch Academy Annapolis Campus stand out in its academic approach is its adoption of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which emphasizes the use of six themes to achieve academic excellence.  Through a project-based learning approach, the incorporation of neuroscience techniques, and character education, students at Monarch Academy gain a perspective on their impact and contribution to the world.

At Monarch Academy, students spend much of their time engaged in units of inquiry and in-depth studies of compelling topics that engage students in comprehensive research of a subject, hands-on learning experiences, and unique projects that address authentic audiences in the community.  Students become responsible citizens of their communities, where they consider real-world problems, take action, and ultimately, compete effectively in tomorrow’s world.

The Six Transdisciplinary Themes of PYP:

Who we are—an inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time—an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves—an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the world works—an inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves—an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet—an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.