Monarch Center for Autism

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Monarch Center for Autism offers a comprehensive array of residential, educational, transition, pre-vocational, adult, and community programs for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Our degreed, certified and experienced staff deliver a range of therapeutic services intended to maximize each individual's unique strengths and abilities.
Monarch's visual language immersion teaching Model, which combines visual supports, technology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), leverages the strong visual processing abilities of individuals with autism.
Monarch Center for Autism is a division of Bellefaire JCB, one of the nation's largest and most experienced child service agencies.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAutism Spectrum Disorders
Year Founded2000
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students130 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers150 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio1:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size6 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesPlease contact us for more information.


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Community Explorers, Cooking, High School Newspaper, Photography/Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Therapy, Music Therapy

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Recreational Therapy

School Notes

  • Monarch Center for Autism is located on a 32-acre campus in Cleveland, Ohio, with on-site access to Bellefaire JCB's outpatient services, psychiatry, and mental health experts. Monarch's adult autism vocational program and supported living residences are located within close proximity to campus. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorder including:
  • Monarch School for Children with Autism:
  • Monarch School is a chartered non-public school for children and young adults ages 5 through 21, whose abilities and learning styles vary greatly across the autism spectrum. Monarch School is licensed by the State Board of Education of the State of Ohio, and is also a certified California non-public school, and is Illinois State Board of Education approved. Educational programs include a Preschool (ages 3-6); Lower, Middle, Upper & High School (ages 5-21); Transition Education Program (ages 14-21); and summer programs (ages vary). Monarch's visual language teaching model combines concept-driven language instruction with visual supports, technology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The Model complements the treatment method (e.g., TEACCH, Floor Time, Pivotal Response Training, Early Start Denver Model) that is most appropriate for each child. Intensive therapeutic intervention is provided by a multidisciplinary team including speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, intervention specialists, music, art & recreational therapists, and associate teachers. Students receive one-on-one and small group instruction. Classes are taught in a natural environment and address social skill development, language and communication, executive functioning, academic skills, activities of daily living, fine and gross motor skills, sensory intervention, prevocational skills, and behavior support. Monarch's state-of-the-art facilities are intentionally designed to appease the sensory needs of students with a soft color palette, gentle up-lighting, extra sound proofing, odorless paint and carpet, special sensory rooms, private quiet rooms, adapted playgrounds, and gardens. Educational software, video modeling, iPads and other mobile devices, web-based tools, SMART Boards, and Augmentative Communication Devices are used liberally during the school day to supplement each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). Student and program progress are continually assessed with a unique data collection system that measures performance through parameters of independence, accuracy, participation, and behavior. Monarch's Extended School Year (ESY) and Summer Social Language Leadership Program (MSSLP) help maintain the consistency of the school year.
  • Monarch Boarding Academy (Therapeutic Residential Treatment):
  • Monarch Boarding Academy (MBA) is a co-ed therapeutic residential treatment facility for individuals ages 8 through 21 with moderate to severe autism; moderate autism with higher deficits in daily living skills; autism with maladaptive behaviors; or dual diagnosis autism with significant mental health issues. Located on a 32-acre park-like campus in Cleveland, Ohio, adjacent to Monarch School, MBA residents have access to an on-site fitness center, therapeutic aquatic center and playgrounds. Degreed, certified and experienced staff are with residents twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Teams include master's level and licensed counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, and BCBAs who have ongoing consultation with campus-based speech/language pathologists, intervention specialists, and occupational therapists. Individualized programs are designed based on each individual's unique needs with goals of increasing independence in all areas including communication, behavior management, activities of daily living, and vocational opportunities. Residents live in comfortable, secure, home-like cottages with single bedrooms, based on peer relationship skill sets. Each resident's day, from wakeup to bedtime, is highly structured and consistent. Residents are fully integrated with the larger Monarch School day student population. When not in class at Monarch School, residents participate in group activities as well as sports and leisure activities on campus, they spend time in the community, and they develop relationships with peers and staff. MBA and Monarch School staff coordinate behavior and education plans to ensure consistency in both settings, thereby leading to greater and accelerated gains. In addition to in-person visits, families are connected via Skype, FaceTime, videos, and frequent conversations, training workshops and/or emails with the team.
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