FAQs

How do I donate items to Monarch?

We accept items from our wish list Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm at 1625 Newton Ave., San Diego 92113. Please click here for more information.

How many students does Monarch serve?

Monarch can serve up to 350 students daily.

What does Monarch provide for students?

Monarch provides students with an accredited education, tutoring, after school program and college preparation as well as basic necessities such as medical and dental care, food and clothing, hygiene kits, transportation, and family assistance.

What challenges do homeless students face?

Homeless students have often been absent from school for long periods of time and are achieving below grade level when they enroll. Lack of basic necessities such as food and medical care can make it difficult for students to focus on academics.

How does Monarch differ from other schools?

Monarch removes barriers typically encountered by homeless students and provides programs and services not offered at traditional schools. Our programs are designed to help students catch up to their age-appropriate grade level in a welcoming, accepting environment.

How are students referred to Monarch?

Students are referred to Monarch through shelters and other social service agencies, school districts, and “word of mouth.”

Is Monarch a public school?

Monarch is a public school operated under the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools educational program.

Who operates the school?

Monarch is a public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project, a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Whom does Monarch serve?

Monarch School serves children impacted by homelessness in grades K-12 (ages 4-19) who live in San Diego County.

How long do students attend Monarch?

The average student attends Monarch for 6 months. However, many students are enrolled here for years and even attend until graduation.

Where do Monarch students live?

Our students live in shelters, motels, single room occupancy housing, double- or tripled-up with other families in small apartments, at camp sites, in cars, or on the streets.

How do I donate money to Monarch?

You can donate online or by mail. Please click here to give now.

Can I volunteer at Monarch?

Yes, Monarch has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Please click here for more information.

What are Monarch’s hours?

Monarch operates daily from 7 am to 6 pm.

Where is Monarch School located?

The Monarch School Nat & Flora Bosa Campus is located at 1625 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113.

Are there other schools like Monarch?

Monarch School is the largest and most comprehensive K-12 program of its kind for homeless students in the U.S., and is a model for how a community can successfully educate homeless children to become productive citizens.

Where does the nonprofit get funding to support the school?

The Monarch School Project raises funds from the community through our Annual Fund campaign, grants, campus naming opportunities, and fundraising events.

How is Monarch School funded?

The school receives 50% of its funding from the nonprofit Monarch School Project, and 50% from the San Diego County Office of Education.

Is Monarch a year-round school?

Monarch’s annual schedule includes an academic program from August through June and three summer intersessions. Monarch is closed 12 days each year.

Where and when was Monarch founded?

Monarch School began in 1988 as a downtown drop-in center for homeless youth, funded by the County Office of Education and staffed by a single teacher. This drop-in center was originally known as The P.L.A.C.E. – Progressive Learning Alternative for Children’s Education – and was renamed Monarch School by students in 1998.