Monarch Achievement Center
Recognizing God has created each of us as unique individuals (Psalm 139:14), Monarch Christian School knows each student learns differently. Our goal is to educate each student based on their individual needs to reach their highest potential. We strive to understand how God has designed each child, what their strengths are, and in what areas they may need extra support. The Monarch Achievement Center is able to provide individual and classroom support for our students in collaboration with teachers, students, and parents.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Kindergarten through middle school students are screened and monitored in foundational reading skills to track progress for more effective instruction and interventions through the use of a standards-aligned tool. By monitoring student’s, we can identify at-risk students early, monitor and report student progress. Student’s are benchmarked three times a year-fall, winter, and spring.
Early intervention support is included with the cost of tuition.
Students are referred for academic support through the admission process, by teacher recommendation, or by parent request. Our Monarch Achievement Center Coordinator facilitates the process to identify a student’s needs in order to fully engage in our academic program.
A battery of formal and informal tests are used to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses and to identify the presence of specific learning difficulties. This battery includes, but is not limited to:
✔ Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
✔ Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, Fourth Edition (WJIV)
✔ Kaufman Test of Achievement, Third Edition (KTEA-3)
✔ Behavior Assessment System for Children, Third Edition (BASC-3)
Cognitive and achievement assessments are administered and interpreted by a licensed clinical psychologist in collaboration with the MAC Coordinator.
Assessments require an additional fee.
Students with learning differences are supported to achieve their unique academic goals. Students can be provided accommodations within the classroom setting, as well as, small group and individual support for math, reading, and writing. Students also requiring social skills support can be provided services through the MAC.
Supplemental curricula include:
- Visualizing & Verbalizing
- Seeing Stars
- On Cloud Nine
- Touch Math
- Zones of Regulation
Mrs. Crystal Black graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Psychology and holds an Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential with added English Learner and Autism Spectrum Disorder authorizations. She also has a Master’s of Education specializing in Special Education. Mrs. Black has worked in education since 2003, and as a Resource Specialist Teacher since 2010. Throughout her years of teaching, Mrs. Black has implemented Individualized Education Plans, 504 Plans, Behavior Support Plans, early academic interventions, conducted informal and formal academic assessments, and was part of Student Success Team and Response to Intervention Committees. In 2016, Mrs. Black began creating a program to support learning differences at Monarch Christian School. This program has evolved into the Monarch Achievement Center which allows students the opportunity to obtain a Monarch education.
Crystal Black, M.A.
Monarch Achievement Center Coordinator
Dr. Soha Heidari Gonzalez is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in working with children and adolescents. Throughout the course of her professional development, she has held various roles worth noting. Dr. Gonzalez has various certifications in clinically and research proven methods of psychology aimed at developing the parent-child relationship bond, increased academic progress, and enhancing the social and vocational performance of individuals. As a researcher, Dr. Gonzalez has also conducted scientific-based research to support her strong conviction in God’s role as a parent figure, healer, and comforter as it pertains to coping, stress, academic performance, and mental illness including depression. Currently, Dr. Gonzalez has further developed a nonprofit organization, Free Again, with an emphasis in providing sound Christian-based assistance to individuals and families that have limited access to care including providing educational, therapeutic, and consultation services to clergy members, teachers, students, and members within a religious community.
Soha Gonzalez, Psy.D.