Monarch Academy Baltimore Starts Construction on Coca Cola Building

Construction has begun on the permanent home for Monarch Academy, a tuition-free Baltimore City public charter school at 2525 Kirk Ave., in the former Coca Cola building in Northeast Baltimore.

The 90,000-square-foot building is being converted into an elementary and middle school that will serve 1,000 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. The new building will be ready for students for the academic year beginning in Fall 2013.

Monarch Academy’s educational program presents curriculum in an integrated way so students make real-world connections. The teaching approach emphasizes project-based learning, the arts and technology, a hands-on inquiry-focused approach, and an instructional delivery model that integrates the arts and character education into the curriculum, presents lessons in a brain-compatible way, and teaches to the culture of the learner, designed specifically for elementary school-age and middle school-age students.

Monarch Academy is accepting applications until March 1 for kindergarten through sixth grades for Fall 2013, and informational meetings are being held in January and February.

At the informational meetings, parents will learn about charter schools, the benefits of Monarch Academy and features that make Monarch Academy different from conventional public schools, such as the rigorous academic curriculum, project-based learning, the culture and school environment and intramural extracurricular activities. In addition, school leaders will answer questions about Monarch Academy and the application process.

If the number of applications exceeds the number of available spaces, students will be chosen by lottery Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at 6802 McClean Boulevard in Baltimore. For more information and an application, visit or call 443-642-2402.

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