Message From FounderLike many of our students here at Monarch School, I struggled adjusting to life as a teenager. I constantly questioned who I was and why I was here. I felt worthless. To escape from my insecurities I adopted a succession of masks that I thought would impress others. Those who were impressed by my games were never positive influences, and my behavior became more and more self-destructive. My parents were all too aware of my struggles, but there was little they could do. I wouldn’t listen. My situation continued to deteriorate until my parents decided to take action. They found a school that they hoped would help me to find my own way in the world and they chose to entrust my care to others.
While I resented being sent away, I soon realized that I was exactly where I needed to be. I initially tried to get others to join in my negative attitude, which some did, bringing hefty consequences; fortunately most others chose to give me honesty instead of selling out. Over time I began to actually listen to what my peers were saying, and I began to trust them. I began to trust myself. When I graduated, I reentered the world with a newfound sense of confidence and have since been very fortunate in my endeavors. Most importantly, I found a loving wife and partner to share my life and together we have three children. These experiences have all in some way created the inspiration for Monarch School.
I feel that as we grow and are given opportunities, we need to share our journeys with others. For me and so many others, life did not start out badly. I had loving parents and was given plenty of support, but somehow I lost my way. I created Monarch School to provide an opportunity for teenagers like me to find themselves again and to prepare for their future. I have always based the culture here at Monarch on the ideas of respect and understanding coupled with clear boundaries. Given the opportunity, I believe that most individuals will realize their full potential. It has been a privilege over the years to see teenagers and families find their confidence again, grow together and then move on with their lives. This emotional growth combined with a stellar academic department constitutes what I believe to be the most remarkable high school education available today.
Patrick McKenna, Founder