by Jeremy Potter | Jan 28, 2021 | Featured News 1
Florida Council of Independent Schools
FCIS was founded in 1954 by a small group of independent private school leaders to establish high standards for nonpublic schools. It is a professional educational association that evaluates and accredits independent schools throughout the state of Florida. FCIS assures that each member school maintains high standards and its independence. In serving the students of Florida, FCIS promotes educational, ethical, and professional excellence on the part of owners, trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff in member schools.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Founded in 1895, SACS CASI accredits over 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas. SACS CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancedED. AdvancedED is also the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE).
Students are encouraged to begin applying to the school college program as early as 8th grade. Students accepted into the program begin working towards a college degree, which can be awarded at the same time as the high school degree.
Most teachers in the High School are also college professors, and teach college classes at our school to the high school students. Many of our High School students take advantage of the area’s most comprehensive advanced college credit program. Through a partnership with local colleges, our students are able to take classes with our teachers. By their senior year, Dual Enrollment students declare a major and can pursue college electives in the field of their interest, such as engineering, computer science, and nursing.
Munroe offers more college credit courses than any other high school in the area. In 9th and 10th grade students have access to a rotating selection of Advanced Placement courses in Social Studies, Science, and Art. These include:
AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental, AP Physics, AP Comparative Government, AP Human Geography, AP Art, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, AP Computer Science
Students accepted into the Dual Enrollment Program get access to our rotating schedule of college courses, including:
Enc 1101 (English), Enc 1102 (English), Chm 1020 (Chemistry), Lit 2000 (Literature), Enl 2000 (British Literature), Amh 2010 (American History), Amh 2020 (American History), Fin 1100 (Financial Literacy), Fin 1110 (Business Finances), Geb 1011 (Business), Sls 1510 (College Success), Eco 1213 (Economics), Mac 1105 (College Algebra), Mac 1140 (Precalculus), The 2000 (Theater Appreciation), Evr 1001 (Environmental Science), Oce 1001 (Oceanography), Bot 1000 (Plant Science), BSC 2085 (Anatomy)
Additional college elective classes in a variety of subjects are offered through our partnership with local colleges.
Our students are able to participate in the 2+2 Florida College Program, offering guaranteed admission to Florida colleges like the University of Florida and Florida State University.
It’s hard to believe that another year has begun on our beautiful campus. Each year that passes makes even more thankful for our
Robert F. Munroe family. We watch our wonderful children thrive here and are thankful to have you partner with us in creating an outstanding learning environment for their growth.
Your support each year has been vital in our continued success. Robert F. Munroe is a special place. We are blessed with a faculty and staff of dedicated professionals who provide rigorous academic instruction for our children while fostering personal growth for all. They teach a well-rounded curriculum in an atmosphere of mutual respect, which fosters supportive parent/teacher/student communication. Your support of the Annual Fund is vital to the success of RFM.
As you consider supporting the Annual Fund, please remember that every gift is important, regardless of size. It is easy to make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift over the course of the year through the convenience of online giving.Every gift brings us closer to achieving our goal.
“Robert F Munroe has been an integral part of our family and our community since our arrival in Gadsden County 27 years ago. Both our children are alumni and were well prepared for the transition to college life. We have felt that being part of the Robert F Munroe family has carried an obligation to continue the stewardship of those who came before us to ensure that this school remains a vibrant part of our community, both now and in the future. Financial support of academics, athletics and social fraternity is at the core of that stewardship. We are grateful for the support of those past and present that aids in the continuance of the tradition that is fundamental to the Robert F Munroe Day School family.”
Crystle May, Marcelle May Rhodes and two of the May grandchildren
“Giving to the Annual Fund is an important, tangible element of support which all members of the Robert F. Munroe Day School community should provide. Although there is a business aspect to the Annual Fund – fills a need not fully funded by tuition – we enjoy knowing that our pledge assists RFM in attracting and retaining the best students and the best faculty in this area. The direct impact on people, which Annual Fund dollars deliver, is our continued motivation to support our Annual Fund” – Bradford & Crystle May. The May family has had two children and two grandchildren graduate/attend Munroe. Crystle taught at Munroe for 20 years and she now has a daughter that teaches here
Robert F. Munroe Timeline
1968 School concept became reality when a group of dedicated citizens banded together to create what became known as Robert F. Munroe Day School in the rural community of Mt. Pleasant.
1969 School was incorporated as a non-profit day school to be known as Gadsden Day School. The death of board member Robert Fraser Munroe prompted the board to change the name to Robert F. Munroe Day School.
1970 Grades 1 through 12 opened to students. S.M. Eubanks is first headmaster.
1973 Munroe plays their first tackle football game, losing by a 20-9 score to Perry.
1977 The “in town” kindergarten was opened in Quincy.
1978 Baseball team makes it to the finals of Class A in the state championship series.
1980 Ms. Mary Emma Bassett becomes Head of School.
1981 The Bates Science Building was built and dedicated to Mortimer Boulware Bates and George Davis Bates, Jr. Three rooms in Bates Building are furnished and equipped by: Claude Earl Harnett, Julia Munroe Woodward & John Allen Blitch, Joshia Taylor “Joe” Budd, Jr.
1983 Library is built and named the Mary Gray Munroe Library in honor of Robert F. Munroe’s mother.
1987 John Allen Blitch Child Development Center for kindergarten and pre-school dedicated to John Allen Blitch.
1986 Preschool groundbreaking for K3 and K4.
1990 Billy Don Grant Student Center built through generosity of Billy Don Grant.
1992 Leslie Jones takes over as the headmaster.
1994 Girls’ basketball team defeats Graceville 39-36 to win the Class A State Championship.
1997 Elementary building for first and second grade dedicated as the VanLandingham & Mahaffey Building for Hall VanLandingham and Jimmy Mahaffey. Elementary building for third, fourth, and fifth grade dedicated as the Julia Munroe Woodward Elementary Building.
1998 Gymnasium extensively remodeled and named the Byron and Isabel Suber Complex. Baseball and softball fields completed and games dedicated as the Julia Munroe Woodward Elementary Building.
2000 Rick Keyser becomes the fourth headmaster.
2003 Michael Knight named fifth headmaster.
2005 Auditorium remodeled and named the Carolyn Brinson May Auditorium.
2007 Alumnus, Jimmy Harris, hired as the sixth headmaster.
2010 Kindergarten dedicated in memory of Susan Middleton Hinson. Suzie Johnson named Head of School.
2016 Angus T Hinson Elementary Science Lab & Maker’s Space opened in his memory. Gym lobby dedicated and scholarship given in honor of Mr. Woodrow’s 46 years at Munroe for his retirement.
This plan was developed by the entire school community. Meetings were held with the Board of Trustees, the Strategic Planning Committee, parents, faculty, staff, and students. Meetings were held as brainstorming sessions in which individuals were given the chance to provide feedback on a number of topics. Then groups were formed that allowed for more reflection on the ideas presented. Finally, groups were asked to refine their thoughts into definable goals. These goals were consolidated, with themes developed and expanded upon. The final version was then revised and approved by the Strategic Vision Committee and the Board of Trustees. The full plan can be found here: 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
The school stands as one of Gadsden County’s most important institutions. Most people have some connection to the school, either directly or indirectly. The future of the area’s growth and development depend on the community having an educational institution that allows families the option of a place for their children to obtain a quality education.
We are committed to expanding our connection to the community by taking full advantage of all our area has to offer. This includes building partnerships with post-secondary educational institutions, partnering with small businesses to create unique learning opportunities, and working closely with large businesses to give our children real-world experiences. Together these partnerships will prepare our students for the future and allow them to envision a future filled with possibilities.
We are committed to helping each child at our school reach their full potential, in mind and body. We believe that quality instructors, small class sizes, a well-developed curriculum, and research-based instructional techniques will promote a learning environment that fosters student engagement and a love of learning.
Athletics has always been an important part of our school, and we are committed to reviving our athletic program to support a grassroots system that gives youth in our area a place to grow and develop in sports that provide opportunities to play in college. We will provide athletic teams, lead by quality coaches, that compete for and win championships.
The world is changing rapidly, and we are committed to preparing our students to be the leaders and innovators of the future. Through innovative academic courses and programs, our students will get a head start in fields related to medical, technology, programming, and innovation. Within our programs we will offer leadership opportunities, encouraging students to develop future-ready skills through student-driven projects that allow them to solve real-world problems.