Frequently Asked Questions

Where is STAR Academy school  located?
Airport Campus K-2nd grade- 2520 Airport Road, Colorado Springs, CO  80910

Adams Campus 3rd-8th grade- 2101 Manitoba Dr, Colorado Springs, Co 80910

Will a full day kindergarten be offered this school year?
Beginning September 10, 2007 STAR will offer free full day kindergarten classes.

What is the age requirement for students starting school at STAR Academy?
All students enrolled at STAR Academy must be 5 years of age or older by  October 1st of any school year.

When does school start for the 2012 school year?
The First Day is currently set for August 8, 2012. There will be student assestment testing on August 6th & 7th.

Are uniforms required?
Students are required to wear clothing that conforms with our uniform dress code. We’ve found that a uniform dress code enhances both learning and positive interaction among students.

Will there be free transportation to the school?
Threr will be no transportation at this time.

What is a typical daily schedule?
Generally, a typical school day schedule will be as described below: (the actual schedule for the Academy will be determined by the board of directors)

        Kindergarten-2nd grade schedule:

• 6:30AM – 8:00AM before school program (voluntary and fee-based)

7:15AM- Breakfast

• 7:30AM School is open to all students

• 7:45AM School day begins

• 7:45AM – 11:30AM Core Curriculum

• Reading

• Writing

• Mathematics

• Science

• 9:30AM & 10:15AM Mid-morning breaks

• 11:30AM – 1:00PM Lunch – exact time may vary

• 12:45PM – 2:15PM Paragon

• History

• Geography

• Art

• Drama

• Music

• 2:15PM Afternoon Break

• 2:30PM – 3:15PM Specials ( students will rotate Spanish, Art/Music/Theatre, and PE)

• 3:15PM – 6:00PM Afterschool Care (Voluntary and fee based)

3rd-8th Grade Schedule:

7:30AM- Breakfast

8:00AM- School Starts

-Math

-Language Arts

-Science

-Paragon

-Specials (Students will rotate between Art/Music/Theatre, Spanish, and PE

3:30PM- School Ends

 

If a student requires special needs, how will those specialized services like speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy be provided?
Special arrangements will be made to provide these services within the school setting through local resources.

Will students receive a hot lunch? If so, what is the cost?
Hot lunch service will be provided at a cost. Parents will be able to complete a form to determine if a child qualifies for a free or reduced–cost lunch service.

How will disciplinary issues be handled and what is the general philosophy on discipline?
The STAR Academy board has established a code of student conduct. It describes the school’s philosophy on discipline as follows:

  • “Discipline is the positive direction of behavior toward established standards of conduct, fully understood and based upon reason, judgment and consideration of the rights of others. Ideal discipline is self-directed and self-controlled. Schools, community and parents share the responsibility for helping students develop self-discipline. When self-control falters and self-discipline fails, disciplinary forces from outside the individual must be imposed to protect the rights of others and to ensure uninterrupted instruction by teachers for students.”
  • This code of conduct also lists the specific behaviors that warrant disciplinary action.

What type of volunteer activity will be expected of parents?
Parents will be asked to volunteer in areas that meet their skills and interests. The specific tasks may vary from reading to Kindergarten students to aiding in office duties.

Will students be required to fundraise for the school?
Students are not required to raise funds for the school.

What if “too many” students apply, will there be a lottery? How will the lottery be handled?
If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces in a given grade, a lottery will be held. The lottery time and date will be set forth by the STAR Academy Board and will be open to the public. A member of the administrative staff of the school and a member of the Board of Directors will both be in attendance at the lottery.

First preference is given to siblings of students already enrolled. Because STAR Academy is a public neighborhood school, second preference will be given to students residing in the STAR development, followed by priority for students living in Colorado Springs D11. Once the available spaces are filled, the remaining names will be drawn and put on the waiting list in the order drawn. As spaces are made available in those grades, students will be taken from the waiting list. If there is no waiting list in any grade, students in that grade will be enrolled.

Once a student is enrolled in STAR Academy they will retain their enrollment each year providing that they meet re-enrollment policies.

How will standardized state tests be handled? Are these administered just as they are in the local public schools?
State Tests are administered just like any other public school. The STAR Academy participates in the same tests and will use this data to help drive school improvement.

How does the Academy’s method of instruction address the variety of learning styles?
The proprietary Paragon® curriculum is one of many tools that will be used to tap into the students’ multiple intelligences and learning styles. Personalized Student Learning Plans will be used to help clarify and focus on the attainment of specific academic and social goals.

What are the “Personalized Learning Plans” and how are they determined?
Each student has a Personalized Learning Plan (PSAP). This plan is a document that the student (if age-appropriate), parents and teacher complete. The teacher, to individualize instruction, uses all information gathered on this document. This document helps in the goal setting process as well as the collection of student data. Every quarter, the parent, teacher and child review this PSAP.

How does your curriculum change as students move into Middle School?
In the middle school, the school departmentalizes the instruction. The students have four different teachers that are highly qualified in the content that they are teaching. The students change classes and have more specialized instruction. The middle school curriculum revolves around Paragon and Paragon World Literature for the Humanities block. In Mathematics, the children are working towards the understanding of Algebra. This is a pre-requisite of most high schools before entering into the 9th grade. In Science, the students do more hands on lab instruction and have science experiments that they must complete with an integration of technology (some schools dissect animals online!). In the ELA block, students read novels and use more of a literacy circle approach to instruction. Some of our schools have adopted the writing program My Access to fulfill their writing requirements as well. Electives are offered based upon the school.

How will students use computers in the classroom? On average, how many hours a week will a student be spending on a computer?
Technology will be used in the classroom throughout the day. Children will average about 30 minutes a day using the computers in the classroom. Some teachers may have the students use the computers to learn to type or to use different math software that the school has purchased.