Star Academy Program

Star Academy is an all-encompassing, all-inclusive intervention program. The program engages even the most discouraged students. Partners consistently report dramatic academic improvement and the growth of a vital life-success contributor: hope.

Program Objectives

Star Academy is a research-backed, educator-built model that was strategically developed to address the following objectives: 

Star Academy was created to address students held back in the 8th grade, who would eventually drop out of school before getting to high school. Statistically, 90% of 8th-grade students held back just one year, would eventually drop out of school, some even before entering high school.

Educators are increasingly focused on the ninth grade as the year that determines whether a young person will move on or drop out of school. The National High School Center states that “more students fail ninth grade than any other grade in high school and a disproportionate number of students who are held back in ninth grade subsequently drop out.” Although many factors contribute to this, many schools allow students to advance to 9th grade, whether they are academically ready or not. This is especially common in states that do not start high stakes testing until high school.


There is a disconnect in our education system between high school and the real world. Recent surveys indicate that our high schools are not doing enough to make students “future-ready.” Although our students may be graduating “College-ready,” far fewer are graduating “Career-ready.” Educating our youth with Real-world skills is needed to prepare students to succeed after they graduate.


Students Have Fallen Behind

High poverty, at-risk students will most likely return to classes further behind than others. With disparities in access to technology, educational resources, and other essentials required for student at-home learning, many school districts have faced difficulties providing fundamental equity to these students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Star Academy program is a proven academic acceleration program that has shown great success in enabling students to complete two academic years in one year. Star Academy programs will offer students the opportunity to effectively resume learning that was interrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This learning experience would enable students to resume and reinforce learning upon returning to school without skipping over or losing valuable content.

Star Academy Solution

Star Academy Solution The Star Academy program is very effective at engaging students in accelerated learning. NOLA Education’s “Start On-Target” Program is an intensive 4-6-week instructional program designed to extend the use of a Star Academy program to provide targeted instruction of the content missed by students due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

In addition to the hands-on activities and project modules that provide rigor and experiential learning, our diagnostic assessments will enable teachers to assign prescribed individual lessons to address gaps in content knowledge for students returning to school.

A combination of Curriculum and Services

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

  • 5 Classrooms Transformed
  • Re-envisioned Workspace
  • Star Academy offers the only full-immersion PBL environment where students working full time on STEM/hands-on projects can earn H.S. Carnegie Units in the 4 core subject areas.

    The R&D Lab is a multipurpose room dedicated to cross-curricular projects, technology integration opportunities, and project/product research and solution designs. Incorporation of the Engineering and Design processes is an integral part of our Living Curriculum and Service Learning Units.

    Creating engagement through exploration and experiential learning in a student-centered environment defines the zSpace learning experience. zSpace encourages students to inquire, take risks, solve problems, and apply their learning while building confidence and expanding interest in STEM and STEM careers.


    Curriculum-Based Solutions

    Full-Immersion PBL for Core Subjects

    Star Academy offers the only full-immersion PBL environment where students working full time on STEM / Hands-on Learning can earn H.S. Carnegie Units in the 4 core subject areas.


    One-to-one computer-based instruction, delivered through ITC. Each Individualized Prescribed Lesson addresses a core math standard. Lessons are assigned by the teacher and based on a diagnostic assessment.

    Teacher-directed, small group, and team-based activities that reinforce understanding of math concepts through hands-on, real-world activities.

    Student-managed paired learning experiences that teach math concepts through a real-world, hands-on approach that encourages important teamwork and communication skills. 

    Student-managed, collaborative and paired activities designed to help connect mathematical practices to content through an exploration of Essential Questions. 


    Modules – Student-managed, paired learning experiences that teach science standards to concepts through a real-world, hands-on approach that encourages important teamwork and communication skills. 

    Unique program scope and sequence designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts of inquiry-based learning and the scientific process. This process is designed around activities that are aligned with core content for Earth, physical, and life science that engages students in core science concepts in a real-world learning environment but also teaches them the 21st-century skills.

    Social Studies

    TCI is a K-12 publishing company that creates science and social studies curriculum that enables educators to engage all students in a diverse classroom. TCI was started by teachers, for teachers. Every day, we aim to make teaching easier, learning more impactful, and lessons that push the envelope.


    Interactive social studies textbooks help you as a teacher to get more out of your classroom lessons and will be able to engage our students more than ever before. With the right social studies curriculum, you’ll not only meet state standards, but you’ll help students to get a better grasp on how the country and the world was shaped over centuries at a time.


    Committed to partnering with school districts to meet and surpass their goals for student achievement. The suite of instructional and service solutions provided is not only research based, but also evidence based—proven to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness.


    Voyager Sopris Learning literacy solutions ensure that students not only build a strong foundation, but develop the ability to read closely; analyze and respond to text; write strong informative/explanatory, narrative, and argument compositions; listen attentively and critically; and build literacy in the content areas.

    Adding Value

    Engage Students

    Student engagement is how we reach our students. Once engaged, the most distant, uninvolved students transform into motivated active learners. Employing all the senses,...

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    Experts to Extend your Staff

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    Meets State Standards

    In 2005 the South Carolina Department of Education collaborated with our program designers to create the first Star Academy. The objective was to implement a...

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    Give Families

    One word of encouragement that drives us as individuals and as a company is "Hope." In working with staff and students in our academies,...

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    Understanding the Challenges

    Understanding the challenges that today’s at-risk students face is imperative to re-engage and guide them back towards academic success and independence.

    The traditional classroom environment simply does not engage students. As many studies show, engagement is one of the biggest contributors to student success.

    Students who cannot envision the possibility of their own successful lives, do not see the importance of education. Students need to see what their “Future Story” could be, what they could Be, what they could Do and the path they would need to follow to get there.

    The impact of Poverty on Education is also well known. For example dropout rates of 16 to 24 year-old students who come from low income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.

    Adding Value

    Acceleration Curriculum

    Are you ready? Accelerate your two year curriculum into just one year by utilizing the Star Academy Program...

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    Full Immersion STEM/Hands-on PBL in Core

    Star Academy builds student engagement in the core courses of Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies...

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    SEL Training - Safe, Productive Environment

    A foundational piece of the Star Academy program is the creation of a safe and productive environment for social and emotional learning...

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    PD / On-site Partners for Teachers

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    Soft Skills Development

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    Let's Connect

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