An Introduction

A comprehensive 7th-9th grade program that immerses students in core courses through a hands-on, project-based curriculum that re-engages them towards academic success.

The Star Academy is a school-within-a-school program for disengaged students, typically overage 7th-9th grade students who have previously failed one or more grades. Students participate in learning experiences that utilize non-
traditional instructional methods to complete up to two grades in one year.
The program employs standards-based curriculum in science, mathematics, English, and social studies. Students navigate through a rigorous progression of varied instructional methods incorporating hands-on, real-world learning
experiences, individualized instruction, team instruction, and personal development.

In addition to the innovative curriculum, teachers and students are taught how to communicate productively and work together as a team in a safe, happy, and productive environment. The Star Academy successfully re-engages students who may have experienced personal, academic, or social challenges in their lives. The program provides these students with an opportunity to recapture a sense of purpose, regain their self-esteem, and succeed academically.

A School Within A School

The Star Academy program is designed to be a comprehensive school-within-a-school.  A full curriculum of Math, Science, English Language Arts and Social Studies is provided.  The curriculum can be designed to cover from 7th to 9th grades in all four subjects.

A typical Star Academy enrolls 80 students and uses five classrooms.  One classroom for each of the four subject areas and a fifth classroom for use as an R&D Lab.  The 80 students rotate between the four core subjects in groups of 20.  Most academy designs implement the program in a dedicated wing of a building where the students run on a block schedule.

A School Within A School

The Star Academy program is designed to be a comprehensive school-within-a-school.  A full curriculum of Math, Science, English Language Arts and Social Studies is provided.  The curriculum can be designed to cover from 7th to 9th grades in all four subjects.

A typical Star Academy enrolls 80 students and uses five classrooms.  One classroom for each of the four subject areas and a fifth classroom for use as an R&D Lab.  The 80 students rotate between the four core subjects in groups of 20.  Most academy designs implement the program in a dedicated wing of a building where the students run on a block schedule.

Goal & Objectives

The Star Academy Program employs multiple educational strategies to effectively:

  • Reduce dropout rates
  • Deliver two years of curriculum in one school year
  • Address the needs of at-risk students and other nontraditional learners
  • Foster individual student responsibility for learning and behavior
  • Enable students to earn up to eight credits in one school year

Award Winning Program

Star Academy is a three-time recipient of the National Dropout Prevention Center’s prestigious Crystal Star Award for dropout prevention. Among the dropout prevention programs touted by the NDPC as model programs, the Star Academy garners the highest rating available.

Proven Methodologies

The Star Academy Program implements proven methodologies throughout every aspect of the program.

Strategies include:
• Utilizing hands-on learning in support of cognitive performance
• Using career examples to exhibit how academic content is relevant
• Providing rich multimedia/multimodal learning activities
• Employing individual, collaborative-pair, and small-team learning experiences
• Creating a healthy school climate in which to succeed

Award Winning Program

Star Academy is a three-time recipient of the National Dropout Prevention Center’s prestigious Crystal Star Award for dropout prevention. Among the dropout prevention programs touted by the NDPC as model programs, the Star Academy garners the highest rating available.

Proven Methodologies

The Star Academy Program implements proven methodologies throughout every aspect of the program.

Strategies include:
• Utilizing hands-on learning in support of cognitive performance
• Using career examples to exhibit how academic content is relevant
• Providing rich multimedia/multimodal learning activities
• Employing individual, collaborative-pair, and small-team learning experiences
• Creating a healthy school climate in which to succeed

Culture of Achievement

Every Star Academy seeks to develop and sustain a school-wide Culture of Achievement. Star Academy’s two-part professional development series helps teachers support student achievement in a safe, happy, and productive environment.

Managing Student Behavior

In this professional development program, educators determine specific school and classroom behavioral expectations for students and create procedures that will result in a productive learning environment. Educators are provided with tools to help teach students to become self-regulated and respectful of learning, people, and property.

Goal Focused Communication

This program works with teachers to develop a set of structured communication skills that will be practiced over the course of the year. This structured communication encourages students to focus on achievement by:
• Focusing on personal career, school/academy, class-room goals
• Identifying relevance for their own learning
• Taking responsibility for their own learning
• Employing a sound protocol for achieving goals, solving problems, and learning new things

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