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Monarch Boarding Academy for Autistic Children

An autism residential treatment program for children and young adults (ages 8-21) with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Monarch Boarding Academy (MBA) is a unique autism residential treatment program designed specifically for children, adolescents and young adults, ages 8 to 21, who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Residents live in a comfortable, secure, home-like setting designed and staffed to enhance social, behavioral, communicative, functional and academic growth. The ultimate goal for residents at the autism resdiential treatment program, whose abilities vary greatly across the spectrum, is to return to family living or a less restrictive level of care, by developing communication and life skills. All activities at the autism residential treatment facility are designed to complement classroom experiences at Monarch School, which is a chartered non-public school, licensed by the State Board of Education of the State of Ohio. Monarch is also a certified California non-public school, and is Illinois State Board of Education approved.

Personal Attention

Degreed, certified and experienced staff are with residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The management team consists of master's level and licensed behaviorists, counselors and social workers. The small staff-to-resident ratio affords residents the engagement and attention necessary to make larger strides in shorter periods of time. To promote desirable behavior, individuals who live in the autism residential treatment facility are consistently rewarded with positive praise, guidance and tangible reinforcers.

Every moment is a teachable moment

Autism residential treatment students live together with around-the-clock professional staff members in a comfortable, safe, home-like facility specifically designed to enhance social, behavioral, communicative, functional and academic growth. Each student’s day, from wake-up to bedtime, is highly structured and caters to the individual’s sensory needs. All activities – from personal grooming, to group meal preparation, to recreation – are designed to help the student practice skills acquired at Monarch School.

Practice for the real world

Monarch Boarding Academy’s unique environment allows autism residential treatment students to work on generalization of concepts and skills that can be applied to the broader community. This is achieved via continuity of methods, techniques, and expectations between Monarch School and Monarch Boarding Academy. Progress in key behavioral areas is tracked daily.

Daily Activities

Activities are structured and include arts and crafts, choice time, chores, computer lab, reading, personal grooming, exercise, group meal preparation, community outings, and more. An interactive SmartBoard enables students at the autism residential treatment facility to practice computer-based lessons.

Partnering with families

The ultimate goal of this intensive program is a return to family living or a less restrictive level of care. Family involvement in making treatment and education decisions is vital to each child’s success. Weekend programming includes family visits as part of structured social and recreational activities. In addition, families can communicate with their children through Skype and view videos through a secure media-sharing website.

Intake Procedures

To determine if Monarch Boarding Academy placement is in the best of interest of the child, we observe the following intake procedures:

  • The treatment team reviews current referral information on the child (IEP, assessments, and psychiatric evaluations) and identifies viable funding stream(s)
  • Parents, child, and support staff visit MBA and tour the autism residential treatment facility
  • Parents and child meet with the treatment team
  • Observations of the child are made within the home
  • Observations of the child are made within the current school placement
  • An individualized transition plan is developed to support the child and family in adjusting to the placement


Programming within Monarch Boarding Academy's autism residential treatment facility is driven by assessment. Within the initial 30 days of placement, a comprehensive assessment of the child's strengths, deficits, and preferences is made. Information gathered from both formal testing and informal observation is analyzed by the treatment team and utilized to develop the child's individualized treatment plan. Based on the learning styles of the child, skill areas targeted for assessment may include adaptive behavior, sensory function, speech and language, problem solving, and activities of daily living.

Key Highlights of Monarch Boarding Academy

Teaching Kitchen

  • Specifically designed to be easily accessible to facilitate the children's active participation in food preparation activities

Multi-Sensory Room

  • Created to facilitate relaxation by providing access to activities that provide visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive input

Gross Motor Room

  • Offers a variety of physical activities that support physical fitness, sensory integration and motor planning


  • Computer Lab houses five computers, each with dual headphones to decrease auditory stimulation
  • Interactive SmartBoard enables residents to practice computer-based lessons
  • Families can communicate with their children through Skype and view videos through a secure media-sharing website

Visiting Families

The Homewood Suites in Beachwood, Ohio, offers our visiting families a discounted rate. Just mention "Bellefaire JCB" or "Monarch School" when making your reservation. The hotel is 3 miles from the Bellefaire JCB campus. Visit or call 216.464.9600. 


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