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Classes & Programs


Our students take more classes than students at any other BVSD high school. Monarch offers classes in nearly 200 subjects, from forensics, marine biology, research seminars and anthropology to American Sign Language, photography, robotics, architecture and fashion. Plus the many classes offered only at Monarch through the "High School of Business" as well as AP and CU Succeed classes.


College Prep Courses

Some Monarch classes qualify for both Advanced Placement (AP) and CU Succeed credits. Students decide if they are interested in receiving one or the other, both or neither.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) courses give Monarch students another way to earn college credit. Monarch offers an impressive 20 AP classes. These courses give students a way to experience college-level academics and earn cost-effective college credits that are accepted at most national and hundreds of international universities. Students may enroll in as many or few AP courses as they wish.

CU Succeed

At a very reasonable cost, CU Succeed offers Monarch students access to CU classes that are taught on the Monarch campus by CU accredited Monarch faculty. Grades and credits on both Monarch and CU transcripts are accepted at most colleges and universities across the country. With 63 college credit available, Monarch offers more CU Succeed classes than any other school in the state.

  • * Art History (offered only at Monarch)
  • * Biology
  • * Calculus AB
  • * Calculus BC
  • + Calculus 2 & 3
  • * Chemistry
  • * Computer Science Java
  • * English Language & Composition
  • * English Literature & Composition
  • ** European History
  • ** French, German & *Spanish
  • * Human Geography
  •   Introduction to Business Management
  •   Marketing III
  • * Macroeconomics
  • * Music Theory
  • * Physics
  • ** Statistics
  • ** U.S. Government & Politics
  • ** U.S. History
  • ** World History

* AP and CU Succeed credit
** AP credit only
+ College level class offered after Calculus BC


General Studies

Monarch offers a full course offerings through the following departments:

  • Business & Marketing
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Fine Arts
  • Engineering/Design
  • Family & Consumer Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages

 

Special Programs

Monarch High School faculty and staff proudly stand behind our mantra, "Creating bright futures, one student at a time." Monarch focuses on the education of each student to prepare them to take their place in a technologically driven world. With the guidance of teachers and counselors, our students do more than fulfill the requirements for a high school degree; they experience dynamic classes and extracurricular programs that will help them to discover themselves and the world around them.

Monarch offers a specialized education approach for students.

Special Education including:

  • Team taught classes
  • Perceptual Communicative (LD)
  • SIED
  • Multi-handicapped
  • Job & Career prep
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • English Language Learners/English as a Second Language(ELL/ESL)

 

High School of Business™

Did you know more college-bound high school graduates will major in business than any other major? In response, Monarch High School is the first high school in Colorado to offer High School of Business™, a national college-preparatory program for business administration careers.

High School of Business™ courses are taught in sequence by highly qualified, MBA Research Curriculum Center-certified instructors. The application and integration of all academic skills through experiential learning enables our students to logically assess a career in business and prepare to excel in college-level coursework.

This program challenges students to solve real-world business issues using the skills they acquire through their daily studies. Course offerings include:

  • Principles of Business & Economics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Strategies
  • Wealth Management
  • Leadership in Action
  • Internships & other electives


Technology and Engineering / da Vinci Lab

This high tech engineering program prepares students for 21st Century careers in architecture, product, industrial and other design-related jobs.

  • Architecture
  • Drafting
  • Design & Technology
  • Industrial Design: Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Robotics in the 21st Century
  • Web Design


For Students Interested in Engineering

Monarch High School offers classes to support an interest in engineering, including the required prerequisites for university engineering programs. Monarch students can also earn college credit through CU Succeed and AP classes. Our graduates gain acceptance into the nation's top engineering schools, including MIT, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, and many others. Monarch's overall science and math programs set high academic standards for all students.

Courses:

  • CU Succeed/AP Physics, CU Succeed/AP Chemistry
  • CU Succeed/AP Calculus AB, CU Succeed/AP Calculus BC, CU Succeed Calculus 2 and 3, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A
  • Computer Aided Design using the engineering program of choice of many universities
  • Industrial Design with an emphasis on project management and risk management
  • Robotics where students gain practical experience in mechanical design, programming, electronics, and entrepreneurship by working with professional engineers from Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Sun Microsystems, and others to design and build a sophisticated robot to compete in regional and national competitions. Students write a business plan, raise capital from organizations, and manage a $15,000 budget.
  • To prepare themselves to compete in the real-world marketplace, students can take a variety of business management courses and internships. They can also acquire leadership and entrepreneurial skills through our nationally recognized FBLA, DECA and Forensics Chapters.


For Students Interested in Bioscience

Monarch graduates focusing on bioscience and medicine are well prepared to enter top universities. Many earn college credit while still in high school through Monarch's CU Succeed and AP courses. Our math and science departments set high standards for all students.

Courses:

  • CU Succeed/AP Biology, CU Succeed/AP Physics, CU Succeed/AP Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Biotechnology
  • Science Research Seminar where students are paired with working scientists in yearlong hands-on scientific research and scholarship
  • CU Succeed/AP Calculus AB, CU Succeed/AP Calculus BC, CU Succeed Calculus 2 and 3, AP Statistics, Computer Science A
  • Opportunity to participate in the BVSD Science Fair where Monarch students regularly earn high honors

Students interested in biotechnology can tap Monarch's many business courses and leadership clubs, including:

  • Leadership in Action, Communication in Society, Public Speaking, Business Law, Business Foundation, Business Management, Finance, Marketing and Business Economics, AP Statistics
  • Hands-on Marketing Internships, Marketing Lab, and Business Internships where students spend at least 15 hours a week in intensive on-the-job experiences
  • Internationally recognized DECA club (marketing)
  • Nationally competitive Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club
  • Robotics club which won the entrepreneurship award for best business plan and project management
  • Award winning National Forensics League


For Students Interested in Business and Leadership

Monarch is the first high school in Colorado selected to offer the High School of Business™ which is designed for college-bound students interested in pursuing a business major. An advanced-level curriculum introduces key business concepts, encourages entrepreneurial skills, requires critical thinking, and provides experiences that facilitate the transition to top business colleges.

Students build valuable skills through academic courses and Monarch's many business clubs:

  • Leadership in Action, Communication in Society, Public Speaking, Business Law, Business Foundation, Business Management, Finance, Marketing and Business Economics, AP Statistics
  • Hands-on Marketing Internships, Marketing Lab, and Business Internships where students spend at least 15 hours a week in intensive on-the-job experiences
  • AP Human Geography and AP World History
  • AP English Language & Composition and AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP French, AP German, and AP Spanish
  • Internationally recognized DECA chapter (marketing students organization)
  • National award winning Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter
  • Robotics club which won the entrepreneurship award for best business plan and project management
  • Award winning National Forensics League


Tutoring and The Forum

The purpose of The Forum (Monarch's learning center) is to provide a physical space and the resources students need to thrive academically. Students have access to computers, classroom texts, and reference books; but also the expertise of teachers, National Honor Society students, and parent and community members.

The Forum is designed to give students a comfortable and inviting place to edit a paper, decipher a question, work through a math problem or writing prompt, get help navigating the internet while researching, etc. Here, students can work on their own, with a friend, their own teacher, or another adult to find the understanding they need to support their own success in high school. While students have access to resources, they can also take care of business. In The Forum, they can make up a quiz or test or even catch up after an absence.

Twice a week, Monarch faculty open their classrooms for Tutor Time. Students who need extra help with assignments, time to work on projects or to make up a test are welcome to visit with their teachers, no appointment needed. Students may also make individual appointments to meet with their teachers, if needed.