Isaac Monfort Elementary School stands proudly in the tradition of Utica Community Schools, committed to academic excellence, and honors the legacy of pioneer and early Utica settler, Mr. Isaac Monfort.
In the 1830’s, pioneers, mostly from New York, settled in the territory of Macomb County and established the Village of Disco in 1849. The settlers demonstrated an early commitment to education and provided classes for area children even before Michigan statehood. Naming the village Disco may have been a nod to this commitment; it is possibly derived from the Latin, “Discare”: to learn. Isaac Monfort was among these settlers arriving in 1831 and instrumental in establishing an education system. He and two others founded the Disco Academy, which prepared young men to be teachers. Isaac Monfort, himself, taught at the academy, later studied and practiced law, and served at the state level as a Representative in the Legislature in 1835-36, 37, and in the community as Shelby Township Supervisor, Justice of the Peace, and Town and County Clerk.
The areas in and around Utica continued to attract more and more people, and determined to educate their children, schools were built in response. The area again experienced a population explosion in the 1960’s. Bond issues helped fund the construction of new schools, one of which, Isaac Monfort Elementary, in 1969. The school was so named to honor Isaac Monfort, pioneer and leader in education. From humble beginnings, Utica Community Schools has built a network of top performing schools, and Isaac Monfort Elementary stands out as a testament to the continuing commitment to educational excellence. Isaac Monfort Elementary was awarded the honor of Michigan and National Blue Ribbon School in 1999.
Isaac Monfort Elementary school offers Destination Imagination, Science Olympiad, FIRST LEGO League Club, and Student Council. All of the Isaac Monfort students participate in the Goodness Gorilla Club. The Goodness Gorillas plan service learning projects throughout the school year as well as activities that promote school pride. Students have raised thousands of dollars for charities and the local community. Isaac Monfort Elementary has met the requirements to achieve Official Michigan Green Schools designation for the past three academic years; further, Monfort went on to complete additional criteria and is recognized as the highest designation of “Evergreen.”
In 2014, Isaac Monfort Elementary school applied for and received a grant to implement The Leader in Me program. The Leader in Me program helps develop the essential skills and characteristics students need in order to thrive in the 21st Century. The process provides a common language and common set of tools for school based leadership research of Dr. Stephen R. Covey. The Leader in Me process has a proven track record of improving the lives of students by developing their leadership skills and character. We are so excited to begin this journey!