Space, Technology & Arts Academy


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Welcome to STAR Academy!

Design: We offer an extended school day and academic year to allow for true mastery rather than cursory coverage of the curriculum.

Curriculum: Our content-rich Paragon Curriculum converges high tech with the humanities, combining the rigors of a classical education with the relevance required by contemporary culture. Our interdisciplinary program instills in students a captivating conceptual understanding and chronological picture of history, as well as an awareness of the interrelationships between different domains of knowledge.

Technology: To master true computer literacy, students require hands-on access to computers as a tool for authenic learning. STAR Academy equips each classroom with a computer for every three children, and provides a laptop for each teacher and administrator.

Assessment: The barometers that gauge STAR Academy’s success include higher student standardized test scores, marked progress in the quality of performance-based assessments, improved student attendance, and retention as well as enhanced motivation, satisfaction, and morale on the part of students, teachers, and parents.

Teachers: STAR Academy hires, trains, and is committed to retaining star teachers and talented leaders in educational management. All teachers are certified and teaching within their certification, experienced individuals who have a strong sense of purpose, and a willingness to challenge themselves as life long learners, as they would challenge their students. They compel all students to excel by concentrating on engaging every child in learning and by holding students to high standards.

Parents: Because every child needs stability, continuity and a champion who believes in his or her human potential, STAR Academy works to foster a close connection between home and school. Specifically, STAR Academy works with parents and other adults with positive influence to improve attendance, to assist with homework, and to intercede at the first hint of difficulty.

Curriculum at STAR Academy

Following is some information about our curriular programs:

The morning session is dedicated to mastery of essential skills in reading and writing.

READING
Children are most successful when they learn to read through a balance of literature and explicit, systematic phonics instruction. Mastering phonics skills enables students to get beyond the distractions and mechanics of decoding words so they can focus on the goal of reading: comprehension. That’s why STAR Academy uses SRA/ McGraw-Hill and the Open Court Reading approach to reading instruction. The well-designed, systematic program, balancing phonics and literature, has known success for nearly 40 years.

Open Court Reading, of SRA/McGraw-Hill, provides:
An educational philosophy based on scientific research and nearly 40 years of practical experience.
A program that has been proven successful in schools nationwide.
A well-defined plan of systematic, explicit instruction for teaching the strategies and skills necessary for reading.

MATH
Saxon Math is unique because the entire program is based on introducing a topic to a student and then allowing the student to build upon that concept as they learn new ones. Topics are never dropped but are instead increased in complexity and practiced every day, providing the time required for concepts to become totally familiar.

SCIENCE
The science program, Harcourt Science gives students a solid foundation of knowledge about life, Earth, physical, and health science. At the same time, students master the scientific thinking processes necessary to solve problems.

ARTS, TECHNOLOGY, AND SPANISH
Rotating classes in arts, technology, and Spanish occur daily and feature integration of the unique Paragon© Curriculum.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
All students at STAR Academy are required to participate in the school’s physical education program unless prevented from doing so for medical reasons. There are no excused absences, except physical ones, from this important phase of learning. If a child is limited by a physical handicap and cannot take physical education, a doctor’s statement to this effect must be sent to the school. Needless to say, the school will honor temporary excuses, written by parents, to cover minor illness. In the event that a child has suffered a fracture and a cast has been applied, a note is required from the doctor (not parents), after the cast has been removed, indicating how long there is to be no physical education or what limitations should be carried out.

PARAGON© CURRICULUM
Mosaica’s unique Paragon© Curriculum is more than just a social studies curriculum. It helps students achieve academic and personal excellence. Students learn about character, ethics, empathy and self-esteem implicitly by studying the world’s greatest thinkers, both canonical and unsung, and by stepping into the shoes of great historical figures, both real and imaginary.

Paragon© teaches rich content through hands-on study that addresses student’s learning styles. Through this engaging curriculum, students gain historical information, and come to understand the expansive potential open to them if they can identify with early clarity their individual strengths and sense of purpose. Paragon© students contemplate questions that have captivated thinkers for millennia: What makes a “Hero”? What makes me unique? How can we learn from the past? How do we apply that knowledge to the future?

Rather than teach history in bits and pieces in arbitrary sequence, Paragon’s fully integrated, chronological approach demonstrates to students how one idea builds on and evolves into another. The curriculum illustrates how sweeping cycles repeat and leads students to understand the evolutions of world cultures.

In Paragon©, students study history across continents, which demonstrate the manner in which many ideas develop at the same time in independent cultures unaware of the other’s breakthroughs. Through this, students develop a larger picture of history and the associated interrelationships. Rather than memorize names, dates, and events in isolation, students recall the sequential circumstances surrounding these events and remember more readily both factual information and conceptual relevance.

STAR Academy Unified Improvement Plan

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STAR Budget

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STAR Academy Strategic Plan 2011_2014

Academic Language & Defining Acronyms

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