Star Academy targets 8th and 9th grade transition students to re-engage and succeed.
The Star Academy is an effective, award-winning dropout prevention solution. Designed to serve at-risk students, the Star Academy ensures that each student has the opportunity to experience success. This solution provides an accelerated program of core instruction for overage students who are at a high risk of dropping out of school, enabling them to earn up to two years of credits in a single year and giving them an opportunity to rejoin their peers and get back on track to graduate from high school. The Star Academy Program effectively reengages students through a rigorous progression of instruction that incorporates hands-on learning, individualized instruction, cooperative learning, team-based instruction, and real-world career connections. Students achieve academic success, develop leadership and communication skills, and ultimately experience a positive change in attitude toward themselves and their future.
Program Completion Rate
Overall completion rate for all Star Academies since 2005
Pass rate on math assessment
Spring ISD, TX, completers passing the math assessment, 2014-15
Program completer acceleration
George County, MS, completers advancing two grade levels, 2014-15
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, TX, completers enrolling the following academic year, 2013-14
The Star Academy is nationally recognized as one of the most effective dropout prevention solutions in the country.
Goals & Objectives
Goals and objectives that drive the Star Academy Program include reducing the number of overage and dropouts, engaging students in relevant learning, increasing student attendance rates, and reducing negative behavioral incidents. Since 2005, the program has demonstrated success in all of these areas.
Environment & Implementation
A vital element of a Star Academy is its school-within-a-school implementation. Placed inside a traditional school, alternative learning center, or career/tech center, the Star Academy is a school in and of itself. Staffed by dedicated teachers and a program director, the Star Academy provides students with new methods of instruction beyond what is available in a conventional school.
Curriculum offerings meet and often exceed state and district core academic requirements using nontraditional academic methods and environments. Flexible in its design, this unique curriculum reengages students through a rigorous progression of instruction that incorporates hands-on learning, individualized instruction, cooperative learning, team-based instruction, and real-world career connections.
Leadership & Professional Development
Communication strategies, classroom-management techniques, and a climate improvement action plan are essential elements of the Culture of Achievement PD series. The Star Academy Program also includes an extensive, unparalleled professional services plan, including on-site visits by an educational services manager, regional support structures, and a comprehensive professional development network.