Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012

Monarch Elementary Opens in Simpsonville Area

Monarch Elementary, located at 224 Five Forks Road in Simpsonville, will open on August 22 as Greenville County Schools' newest elementary school. Serving approximately 700 students in four-year kindergarten through fifth grade, the inquiry-based curriculum will provide an early emphasis on Health Sciences infused with technology-rich experiences. Students will explore four categories of Health Sciences: medical, research, environmental, along with healthy movement and nutrition. In addition, the school cafeteria will feature healthy lunch choices with minimally processed items, made-from-scratch foods along with a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

Monarch Elementary, which is a LEED certified facility, was built to ease overcrowding at Oakview, Bell's Crossing, Bethel, and Mauldin elementary schools.

The Monarch Summer Reading Program, Exercise Your Brain, was designed with the brain in mind! Just like muscles, the brain benefits from a good workout. Check out the Monarch website for more information.

Pennies for OUR Playground, is a PTA initiative that gives every child in the Monarch Elementary community the opportunity to be a part of expanding the school playground.  Throughout the rest of the summer, students are being asked to collect pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and even dollars for additional playground equipment.

Mount Monarch, the Monarch Spirit Rock, is a unique way for families to showcase special events. Cutting-edge technology includes iPads for upper grades, ActivEngage Promethean boards in all classrooms, and Promethean ActivTables in the Technology Lab. Endorsed by the Children's Pediatric Network, all students will enjoy the benefits of Zuma rocking chairs.

Monarch orientations are as follows:

  • Thursday, August 2 for Kindergarten (4K, 5K) from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 6 at these designated times:
  • First Grade - 8:30 a.m.
  • Second Grade - 10:00 a.m.
  • Third Grade - 11:30 a.m.
  • Fourth Grade - 1:00 p.m.
  • Fifth Grade - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 9 – School Tours from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, August 20 – 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Meet the Teacher Drop-in

For parents with children in multiple grades, please choose one orientation to attend. "Pennies four OUR Playground" parties will be held during orientations.

The Monarch website,, contains a wealth of information for the school community.  Monarch can be found on Facebook and followed on Twitter.  For more information, contact Vaughan Overman, Principal, at or call the school office at 452-0600.
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