7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills, CA 91304

Welcome to STARS Academy

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STARS Academy is an independent school serving students from Kindergarten through High School. STARS Academy students are treated as individuals and provided with a safe and nurturing environment. Our experienced and qualified teachers are passionate about empowering students to reach their full potential and deepen their understanding in a meaningful way. We use small instructional groups so that we can meet the needs of all our learners. Students work at their appropriate instructional level, regardless of age. We believe our model is an effective means of educating students, as we not only focus on academics but on social-emotional learning as well. I encourage you to call us today to learn more about our school and how you can join us.

Best Wishes,
Shayna Turk Dovitz
Head of School, Foundress

Meet Our Head of School


Shayna Turk Dovitz


B.A. Psychology and Spanish minor from the University of Southern California; Multiple-Subject Credential CSUN; Administrative Credential CSUDH; Masters in School Leadership CSUDH; Certified in Neurodevelopmental Theory)

In 2003, at 11 years old, Shayna founded Shayna Turk’s Academy of Rising STARS. Through this, Shayna immediately realized her true passion in life: helping children build confidence and explore their creativity through performance. In 2010, Shayna received NFIB’S (National Federation of Independent Business) Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as the Girl’s Going Places Scholarship. While continuing the STARS program, Shayna attended the University of Southern California and earned her B.S. in Psychology in May of 2014. By taking classes that focused on child and adolescent development, she gained a greater understanding of youth.​ She also took classes on theater in education. After graduating from USC, Shayna became a homeschool teacher for twin boys who participated in STARS. Together with their mom, Shayna created a curriculum using the arts to teach academic subjects. In 2015, Shayna attended Cal State Northridge’s Michael Eisner School of Education, where she earned her Multiple Subject Credential. In 2016, she began her teaching career at CHIME Institute in Woodland Hills. For five years, Shayna was a third-grade teacher and further explored her passion for working with students of all abilities. She has served on the curriculum, professional development, and technology committees at CHIME. In the fall of 2020, she brought her vision of starting a school (STARS Academy) that uses theater to teach to fruition. Also in 2020, Shayna attended Cal State Dominguez Hills where she earned her Masters in School Leadership and Administrative Credential. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the fabulous students, staff, and families of STARS Academy and looks forward to the years to come!

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