Each of our young men at Monuments has different academic needs. In most cases, school has been interrupted or simply not a priority, either just through a lack of motivation or from a disruption. That means each of our students has unique academic needs. Some need to continue with courses that were interrupted; others need to catch up a whole semester or more.
But it’s an important part of our role to rekindle interest in academics and school in general. Only through this path will our students be able to successfully move past their problems and grow emotionally and socially.
Because every one of our students is coming from a different situation, we customize the education experience for everyone. Classes are self-paced. We present our course material in ways that suit the student’s individual interests, strengths, and challenges. Each student works within a curriculum that is experiential and psycho-educational in nature.
We seek to help our students think differently about education and why they’re even taking a class such as Algebra. In middle and high school, where our teenagers are coming from, the system is based upon obligation and a certain amount of coercion. At Monuments, we focus on hands-on learning to create strong bonds of trust. From there, we can help students engage and feel initial academic success through meaningful connections with staff and relevant experience. Students realize the value in the curriculum and they gain confidence in long-term academic ability, often for the first time.
Beyond the basics of our academics, we want to add value and relevance to what they’re learning and where that education can lead. To do this we have created a number of exciting entrepreneurial education opportunities for each young man that attends Monuments. Thanks to real-world experiences that are a part of our entrepreneurial training program, we have created an experiential “space” where opportunities will abound to learn how to create, craft, engineer, and develop an infinite number of projects. As their skills blossom, internship/apprenticeship-type opportunities are then made available for each young man.
This entrepreneurial approach has special attraction for our Monuments young men. It gives our students an opportunity to feel productive and committed to something outside of themselves. This is key to moving forward and is a critical component of our complete therapeutic experience at Monuments.
Do you have questions about our academic goals and approaches at Monuments? Call us at (800) 559-1980 and we’ll elaborate on all that’s involved.