About - Monarch Academy Global Laurel
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On school days, main office phone is answered from 7:00am – 3:30pm

School Day Hours

K-8th Grades:
M-Tu-Th-F 7:35 am–2:45 pm
Wednesday's 7:35 am–11:55 pm


Monarch Global Academy Laurel is a tuition-free, publicly funded contract school open to kindergarten through eighth-grade students residing in Anne Arundel County’s Brock Bridge/Maryland City/Jessup attendance areas, regardless of testing or screening. Our mission is to prepare students for citizenship by developing critical thinking skills, creative problem-solving skills, self-discipline, and a commitment of service to others in the community in which they live.


Questions About Our School

About Monarch Global Academy Laurel

Monarch Global Academy Laurel is an IB (International Baccalaureate Years Programme) public contract school serving Anne Arundel County families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade residing in the Brock Bridge/Maryland City/Jessup attendance areas. The school establishes a culture that treats each student as an individual and prepares them to be successful in the 21st century. 

Monarch Global Academy Laurel emphasizes high expectations for academic achievement, character development, an integration of the arts, and a focus on teaching contextual thinking and creative problem solving.

What is International Baccalaureate Years Programme?

Monarch Global Academy Laurel is an Official IB (International Baccalaureate Years Programme) School for PYP. The PYP model promotes international-mindedness as a key cultural teacher where teaching and learning address human commonality, diversity, and multiple perspectives. 

IB challenges students to think differently and critically. It teaches students to be self-motivated and helps them advocate for how they learn best and to understand they are a part of a world that is bigger than themselves.

The curriculum is built around a “central idea,” and all subjects are taught with a “transdisciplinary” approach. For example, during an educational unit about entrepreneurship, students learned how to invent a product in science, how to price the product in math and write a jingle for their product during music class. This method gives students a deeper understanding of what they are learning and sets them up for long-term academic success.

For a more extensive overview about IB, we partnered with our friends and colleagues at Monarch Academy Annapolis and created a video series to visually demonstrate the difference between IB and traditional classroom teaching.

IB PYP Schools

Does Monarch Global Academy provide transportation?

Yes, cluster pick-up bus service is provided to all students.

School bus transportation will be available to students depending on where they live. Students outside a two-mile radius around Monarch Global Academy will be picked up at “cluster sites.” Students within a two-mile radius must provide their own transportation.

What are the hours of the school day at Monarch Global Academy Laurel?

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Doors open at 7:20 a.m. and classes begin at 7:35 a.m. Instruction continues until 2:45 p.m.

Every Wednesday: Doors open at 7:20 a.m. and classes begin at 7:35 a.m. Instruction continues to 11:55 p.m. 

Is there before and after school care offered?

Before and After Care is provided at Monarch Global Academy Laurel by YMCA. The before school care is from 6:00 a.m.-7:20 a.m. and the after school from dismissal–6 p.m. To register for after care, visit the Y Before & After School Enrichment at Monarch Global Academy or call 443.322.8000 x1

Do the students wear uniforms?

Yes. Research indicates that schools using uniforms have a stronger school culture and students perform better. We encourage our students to dress for success.

Uniform Policy

What is a typical day like at Monarch Global Academy Laurel?

Students begin the day with a morning meeting; engage in workshop-like classes for core subjects; and participate in enrichment classes such as art, physical education, technology and music. Students will participate in units of inquiry throughout the school year, bringing together research and application to real-world issues.

Does my child have to be gifted and talented to attend Monarch Global Academy Laurel?

No, children with varying levels of academic achievement are accepted into Monarch Global Academy Laurel.

If my child has special needs, is Monarch Global Academy Laurel for him or her?

Monarch Global Academy Laurel will implement all services as determined by a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Monarch Global Academy Laurel’s school environment offers a full continuum of IEP services through reading and math specialists, special education teachers, and an IEP coordinator who assures compliance with the goals set in each student’s IEP.

What kind of support staff does Monarch Global offer for students and families?

At Monarch Global Academy, we prioritize the individual needs of our students and families by providing a robust support system. Our dedicated staff includes Instructional Guides for both Math and Reading available to all grades, ensuring that students have the necessary resources to excel in these subjects. Additionally, K1 and K2 have Teaching Assistants, while grades 3, 4, and 5 benefit from an additional teacher’s assistant.

We understand the importance of specialized support, which is why we have 2 reading specialists – one for elementary and one for middle school. We also have a mentor program in place, providing struggling students with daily check-ins to help them stay on track.

For students with special needs, we have a department chair and 4 special education staff members, as well as a Speech Language Pathologist, 2 ESOL teachers, and a tutor.

Our resource staff includes an onsite school psychologist, elementary and middle school counselors, dean of students, behavior coach, ELA teacher, and elementary and middle school interventionists. With this extensive support network, we ensure that every student at Monarch Global Academy receives the attention and assistance they need to thrive academically and personally.

Is my child exposed to other languages?

Yes, Spanish is taught in every grade once a week.

After attending Monarch Global Academy Laurel, will my child be able to transfer into a regular public high school?


Monarch Global Academy Laurel is a public school and designed so, upon leaving, students can seamlessly transition to any other public school.

Does Monarch Global Academy Laurel have art and music programs?

Absolutely. Art and music are key components to our entire curriculum. All students participate in music class every day.


What type of technology will my child be exposed to at Monarch Global Academy Laurel?

Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board and individual computer learning stations. Students will be taught technology skills including word processing, media presentations and digital photography. They also will have access to software packages that accelerate learning.

What are the venues for parent-teacher communications?

Parents are always able to email their student’s teacher though their parent portal account.

A parent representative of each grade is also invited to participate in a parent advisory group, and a parent-teacher- association (PTA) will enhance parent-teacher communication. The school administration and faculty will maintain communication through several different venues including newsletters, e-mail, personal phone calls and individual conferences.

How is Monarch Global Academy Laurel different than my community public school?

While Monarch Global Academy is a public school, it offers an innovative approach to learning by placing a strong emphasis on the integration of the arts and technology throughout the curriculum as well as engaging students in the hands-on application of academics and social skills to everyday problems encountered in family life, groups, organizations, communities, the United States, and throughout the world.

We are also fortunate to offer an extensive support staff to our students in addition to our amazing teachers.

What is the meal program at Monarch Global Academy Laurel?

Monarch Global Academy Laurel serves breakfast and lunch daily according to the fees established by Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Students also may bring their lunch from home. Applications for the federal school lunch program will be available at registration, and those who qualify will receive breakfast and lunch for free or at a reduced cost.

Questions About the Application Process, Student Eligibility, and Cost

Who is eligible to attend Monarch Global Academy?

Students that live in the Brock Bridge, Maryland City, and Jessup elementary schools attendance boundaries of Anne Arundel County are eligible to apply.

Are there spots available at Monarch Global Academy for the 2024-2025 School Year?


Yes, limited seats are still available for each grade (Kindergarten-8th).

When can I apply for my child to enroll at Monarch Global Academy for the 2024-2025 School Year?

The AACPS Magnet and Charter School Application is available year-round on the county’s website.

However, the open enrollment period for the following school year (2024-25) takes place between October and November of each calendar year. This enrollment period is also referred to as “The Lottery.” Applicants who meet this initial deadline receive priority consideration.

If there are still spaces left after the county assigns new student applicants to schools the following February, students who apply after mid-November will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

Is there a deadline to apply to Monarch Global Academy for the 2023-2024 school year?

Yes. Students must be enrolled by September 30, 2023, for the current school year.

How do I apply to Monarch Global Academy for the 2024-2025 School Year?

Complete the AACPS Magnet and Charter School Application. The application will ask which schools you want to apply to. On the dropdown menu, select Monarch Global Academy Laurel.

Once a student is enrolled in Monarch Global Academy Laurel, he/she does not need to apply again for subsequent years at the school.

If one of my children gets offered a seat at Monarch Global Academy, do all of my children get into the school as well?

If one student given a seat offer, than your other student/students will be moved to the top of the waitlist for their grade and granted admission if and when there is space available. You must formally apply online for each student.

What is the cost to attend Monarch Global Academy Laurel?

There is no tuition cost as this is a public contract school. Like all other public schools in Anne Arundel County, Monarch Global Academy Laurel will receive state and federal funding as approved by the legislature.

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Laurel, MD 20724

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