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.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

EXCEEDING THE STANDARD

The goals of the Star Academy Program are to support at-risk students at multiple levels.

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AWARD WINNING PROGRAM

STEM APPROACH

The award-winning Star Academy Program is a school-within-a-school that ensures success for at-risk students and disengaged learners. 

CULTURE OF ACHIEVEMENT

MEASURABLE SUCCESS

The Star Academy has proven effective in achieving its mission, is transportable to new locations with differing demographics, and is sustainable.

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Star Academy – Dropout Intervention

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

Star Academy – Dropout Intervention

Hands On Program

EXCITING AND RELEVANT STEM CURRICULUM

There’s no better way for students to learn a subject than to get their hands involved during the learning experience. Star Academy’s innovative curriculum guarantees that students will interact with the
topic they’re learning.  As a result, critical learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, math, and language arts now take place in a classroom that is transformed into a real-world learning center – an environment where students use technology to apply knowledge every day. 

TARGET

The program is most appropriate for overage, at-risk students who have failed at least one grade.  Studies indicate that 64% of students who fail one grade eventually drop out of school.

WHY THE STAR ACADEMY WORKS 

The comprehensive, standards-based curricula designed to cover 7th, 8th and 9th grade, Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies are delivered in ways that connect with and engage the attention of at-risk students.  The program includes:

• Relevant, career-focused activities

• Hands-on, project-based curriculum

• Individualized Prescriptive Lessons™

• Cooperative learning pairs 

• Small-group lessons 

Sample Science Topics

ANIMALS, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, BIOTECHNOLOGY

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
Should experiments that might help humans be conducted if they cause death to animals?

HEAT & ENERGY, OCEANOGRAPHY,  GOING GREEN

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
Should Americans reduce their energy usage? If so, how?

CLIMATE & BIOMES, CLIMATE CHANGE, POPULATION PERSPECTIVES

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
How many humans will Earth support?

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, WATER MANAGEMENT, WATER QUALITY

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
What water conservation techniques should be implemented in the United States in order to ensure future availability of water resources?

Classroom Design

The Star Academy program is designed to be a comprehensive school-within-a-school. Five classrooms are used for Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies.

Transformed Learning Environment

Star Academy transforms existing classrooms into new learning environments. The academy includes computers for every student, all project equipment, and custom furniture workstations that provide appropriate workspace for all of the program’s curriculum activities.

Design

With great attention to detail, Nola Education has partnered with experts in architectural design to create an innovative, functional learning environment for every academy classroom.

So What’s next?

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