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Monarch Academy Annapolis receives state funding to aid in online learning

The Monarch Academy in Annapolis received two Maryland grants to fund a new prekindergarten program and support online learning, according to a press release sent Wednesday.

“We’re excited to make the most of these grants. Launching a pre-K is vital to Annapolis families and creates access and opportunity for student learning for our youngest learners during this challenging time,” said Principal Rachel Amstutz in a statement.

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“The grants help us ensure our students continue to receive a strong education and essential social-emotional supports, while our teachers receive training and preparation for implementing distance learning.”

In total, the charter school received $773,997 from two state grants.

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For the prekindergarten expansion of $600,000, the funding supports 60 seats for 4-year-old children. The full-day program was launched in September, according to the release. The school has the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme that “challenges students to think critically and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues."

The second grant was from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and will go to supplies for students, training for teachers and administration for online learning and projects aimed to build collaboration with teachers, school counselors and families.

Other schools in Anne Arundel County have received state and federal assistance to help address the needs born out of the pandemic.

County schools, including private and nonprofit schools, received just over $11 million and Anne Arundel County Public Schools received nearly $10.3 million, according to school officials.

The school system announced this past summer that the money would be spent buying Chromebooks, purchasing a learning management system and providing professional development for teachers and students.

Monarch Academy has another school in the county, located in Glen Burnie, and is part of The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization.

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