Star Academy – Dropout Intervention
83% of participants experienced success, stayed in school, and are continuing in high school.
This information is self-reported by 107 program cohorts from 2005-2016 and combined into a comprehensive data set. Based on stabilized enrollment, 83% of the participants completed the program. Of those, 74% (2,668) accelerated two grade levels; 22% (801) advanced one grade; and 3% (116) were retained in their original grade. Promotion/retention data is based on ending enrollment.
The Star Academy Program has been implemented in more than 38 middle and high schools across the country. States include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Texas. Efforts are underway in a number of other states to implement even more Star Academy Programs.
2008, 2010, and 2012 Crystal Star Award – awarded to Pickens County, SC; Richland County, SC; and Berkeley County, SC, Star Academy Programs for their exemplary practices, including high success rates.
Pickens County Star Academy progressively improved its success rate, advancing 73%, 76%, and 90% of overage, at-risk eighth- and ninth-grade students to 10th grade in one year. Olympia Learning Center Star Academy in Richland County, SC, had an excellent record of student program completion of 73%, 82%, and 100% during its first three years. Berkeley County Star Academy consistently has 89% or higher completion rates and accelerates 96% to 100% of students each year.
National Dropout Prevention Network
The National Dropout Prevention Center’s Model Programs provides proven interventions for replication and inclusion in dropout prevention and school improvement grants. Proposals that replicate NDPC Model Programs are competitive and have high likelihood of achieving desired student outcomes. Visit the Star Academy Model Program.