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Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 12/12/2018
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
School Description and Mission Statement Monroe Elementary School, home of the Mustangs, is the school of choice for parents looking to give their children an enriching, engaging, and well-rounded education. High academic standards have resulted in Monroe being recognized three times as a California Distinguished School. While every child follows a state approved curriculum in their 21st century technology classrooms, they also experience our enriching art, physical education, and music programs.
Our Mission Statement
Monroe School, a community of learners, affirms that: high academic and ethical standards are maintained, every student has the right to a quality education, every student will succeed in ways that reflect his or her aptitudes and interests.
Our shared purpose is realized by effective student, family, and staff communication. We foster a climate focused on justice, discipline, good character, caring, and occasions for celebration.
Monroe’s campus is located on “the Mesa” in beautiful Santa Barbara, just a short walk to the Pacific Ocean and to Elings Park. Students from the neighborhood can be seen walking or riding bikes to Monroe Elementary School, while district bus service brings students to and from our downtown attendance area. Our campus is a recently renovated, well-equipped site. Entrance to the school is off a neighborhood street with a three-way stop just outside the school. The 21st century technology classrooms are bright and airy with outside patios. Classrooms are equipped with telephones, 50-inch TV monitors, Apple TVs, and equipped with computers and iPads. Most classrooms have sinks and drinking fountains. Modern bathroom facilities include no-touch faucets on the sinks and toilets. Separate restrooms are available for the upper and lower grades.
The school has well equipped separate playgrounds for kindergarten and upper grade students. Both playgrounds include play structures, while the upper playground includes grassy areas for students to engage in such sports as kickball, touch football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and running. In addition, an expertly designed fitness course is always available to students.
Monroe has an up-to-date, well-stocked library with over 10,000 titles. All classrooms visit the library on a regular basis, and it is open during recess and lunch. A library technician is available to help students choose appropriate high-interest books and to assist teachers in choosing materials that will help their students with any projects they may have. Monroe’s principal and Library technician work closely to update books and have titles, authors and content that reflect our students’ backgrounds and interests.
All students are afforded a free nutritious breakfast and lunch each day in the cafeteria. Second chance breakfast is served at morning recess for those students who have not eaten. The cafeteria kitchen facilities are second to none in the district and the kitchen staff is dedicated to providing a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily.
The cafeteria also serves as a multi-purpose auditorium where school assemblies and several student productions occur during the school year. A curtained stage looks out over the auditorium area which is equipped with a modern sound system. A computer compatible projection system and screen are available for use in the auditorium as well as the individual classrooms as well as large screened monitor to mirror from. Next to the auditorium is our computer lab equipped with 32 PC computers and a 50-inch TV monitor and Apple TV. The computer lab is visited throughout the week by all classrooms. In addition to the computer lab, classrooms have numerous IPADS and Chromebooks available for students. Students in grades 4 and 5 participate in the district’s TechEquity program which provides a 1 to 1 IPAD. Sixth grade students also have 1 to 1 IPADS to support the math curriculum.
We offer a high quality music program where students participate in a choral or instrumental music instruction led by a certificated music teacher. There are two well attended performances held each year that parents enjoy: the Winter and Spring Sings. During the year, many of our students have the opportunity to participate in music events such as parades and showcases. Last year, Monroe expanded its music program by offering a music recital in the spring. This year, music expanded again to include sectional practice for 4th graders. This was accomplished through a partnership with the Santa Barbara Symphony to bring in professional musicians to teach our students. Furthermore, all Monroe students participate in an art program and physical education program with certificated teachers. Monroe students learn the fundamentals of art and color through a wide variety of mediums, while at the same time they are encouraged to use art as an expression and allow their creativity to shine. In the spring of 2017, Monroe’s art teacher, Shannon Jaffe worked with Monroe 6th graders to renovate its mural in the front of the school. Monroe’s campus is spacious and lends itself well to a robust physical education program. Students have access to the latest PE equipment and take classes each week. Monroe students learn about proper exercise techniques such as warm-ups, cool downs, stretching, and participate in year-long activities that focus on team-building, problem-solving, strategizing, and sportsmanship. Each year students in 4th - 6th grade participate in track meets held off campus.
Fully certificated, dedicated classroom teachers provide innovative instruction in the core curriculum consisting of mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. Teachers adhere to the California Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and use a balanced literacy approach to differentiate instruction in reading and writing. Teachers also use project based learning where students go into more depth and complexity in all areas of the curricula. Instructional strategies and learning outcomes are well-planned during grade level meetings. All teachers meet weekly by grade level in their Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as well as twice a month after school to prepare lessons and plan instruction. Monroe also has implemented both a Tier 2 and Tier 3 Response to Intervention (RTI) model in the primary grades to support students at their level of reading development. A highly trained reading specialist and two curriculum specialists help provide research-based, high quality reading support in grades 1-3.
The sixth grade students attend both a four-day Outdoor School located in the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains and the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) on Catalina Island. Outdoor School is one of the highlights of sixth grade and allows the students to learn state science curriculum in a setting outside of the classroom. In addition to Outdoor School, sixth grade students attend a three-day overnight CIMI Camp. Located on Catalina Island, sixth grade students study oceanography and marine biology and explore science with hands-on and project-based activities.
All students participate in our music program weekly. Monroe offers a choral music program to all kindergarten through 3rd grade students, and an instrumental music program to all 4th – 6th grade students. Every 4th – 6th grade student has a musical instrument to play. Students perform throughout the school year showcasing their musical talent.
Monroe students create art in the art studio. All students participate in 50 minutes of art weekly, where students learn about art history, different art mediums, and put their creativity to the test. Students show off their art talent at the annual Monroe Art Show held in the spring. Monroe School’s mural was created in 2002 by student artists. Last year, students participated in the mural renovation project starting in the spring of 2017. The beautiful mural is the first thing parents see when driving into Monroe School.
Our PE teacher encourages students to participate in outdoor healthy activities. Each year our students have the opportunity to participate in the track and field meet held at Santa Barbara City College. This spring, students will also participate in the “Jump Rope for the Heart” event to help support the American Red Cross.
The school library and computer lab participate in the Accelerated Reader program. All of our Accelerated Reader books in the library are clearly marked. This program allows students to read books at their independent reading level, which research has shown is most beneficial to their development of reading fluency skills. Monitoring is by computerized tests which guide the student to appropriate books that will allow them to progress at their individual rate. The program is also supported by computers in each classroom. Monroe teachers emphasize independent reading and recognize students at assemblies for reading efforts.
Monroe’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and Advanced Learning program starts in 3rd grade. To support the needs of advanced learners, all Monroe upper grade teachers have been well-trained in the GATE curriculum and teaching practices. Monroe GATE students and Advanced Learners are placed in a GATE “cluster”. During English Language Arts, GATE and Advanced Learner students are grouped together and are taught by the same highly qualified teacher. Monroe students also participate in a weekly science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment class that focuses on problem-solving, computer programming, and robotics. Students who demonstrate high academic achievement may also participate in the GATE program as GATE “guests”.
RAP is an after school recreation program run by the Santa Barbara City Parks and Recreation Program. RAP is open to all students. It offers homework help along with physical activities from 2:30 – 5:30 P.M. An after school After Care Program is also offered to students in grades k-2.
The Monroe PTA also offers after school student enrichment classes throughout the year. Classes include everything from knitting and pottery to drama, martial arts, and marine biology. Classes are taught by teachers from our community and parents dedicated to enriching the lives of Monroe’s students. Another popular after school activity is the city league sports program. Boys and girls in grade 3-6 can sign up to play flag football, basketball, and soccer. Monroe teachers often coach our own students.
The PTA has well developed and smoothly run annual fundraising programs that support student learning, enrichment, and the work of the school. PTA funding helps to provide curricular support in classrooms as well as physical education equipment, art materials, audio and visual equipment, science, and support for our computer lab during the school day. This year, PTA helped raise money for both our 5th grade Astrocamp and 6th grade CIMI camp. Funding from the PTA allows students at Monroe to be exposed to assemblies ranging from music to physics, to storytelling as well as funding for field trip transportation for teachers. Funding from PTA has also allowed new play structures to be installed on our playgrounds and for a wonderful fitness course to be purchased that is used by all students.
We believe all students can learn. We are committed to meeting each student’s needs by maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning and by providing a program which promotes academic excellence, social awareness and responsibility, physical fitness and supports a student growth mindset. Our goal is to have students become productive members in our society with the ability to think clearly, solve problems, and take an active role in the democratic process. This year we have included a schoolwide mindfulness component where students start their day with deep breathing and tapping exercises. Drumming and dance classes are offered free to students during the school day through a partnership with the Audacious Foundation. The Audacious Foundation also helped purchase a fleet of new bikes and curriculum to support our 2nd - 6th grade biking program. Audacious also provides free swimming lessons for our 3rd graders at the local YMCA. They provide weekly field trips with the Wilderness Youth Program for our 4th graders, two water hydration stations, therapy reading dogs, and alternative classroom furniture used primarily in the 5th grade.
Last updated: 1/23/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 12/18/2018
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||0.5 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.2 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||74.6 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||%|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||69.2 %|
|English Learners||37.7 %|
|Students with Disabilities||16.8 %|