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Our Curriculum

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At STARS Academy School, we believe in a comprehensive approach to education that goes beyond traditional academic subjects. Our curriculum is designed to foster the holistic development of each child, encompassing intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. STARS Academy’s curriculum consists of four core academic subjects (Humanities [English & History], Math and Science) and elective classes. While we create our own curriculum, we align our curriculum with many California State Content and Performance Standards, including the Common Core Standards, English Language Development (ELD) standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

OUR PROGRAM

For the last two decades, cognitive learning research has emphasized that student success occurs in environments that foster problem solving and self-directed, interdisciplinary learning. When these are coupled with strategies that focus on creativity and resiliency, student learning is maximized. By having an integrated approach to learning, our students are provided with collaborative, intellectual, and artistic experiences within and across subject areas. This fosters interdisciplinary discourse in which all students can take ownership, entertain a variety of perspectives, allow them to draw on each others’ strengths, and help them explore and refine their ideas in the school community’s shared understanding of the world.

In addition to cognitive learning, in order to foster academic excellence in all subjects as well as powerful literacy, STARS Academy uses artistic discipline as an alternative gateway. Our arts, sciences, mathematics, and humanities curriculum is integrated so that it is accessible by all. This leads to engagement by faculty and students and fosters ongoing intellectual inquiry. Our program is designed to emphasize the development of literacy in all subject areas. STARS Academy students participate in literacy through an in-depth study of musical theater materials, text analysis (in all subject areas), and all stages of the writing process. There is an interdisciplinary emphasis on all subjects to deepen understanding of both specific subject content and broader conceptual themes.

PARALLEL CURRICULUM

In order to differentiate our curriculum to serve the needs of all students, we use a Parallel Curriculum model as described in The Parallel Curriculum: A Model for Planning Curriculum for Gifted Students and the Whole Classroom (Palmer). This model ensures that all learners have access to content, competency, and appropriate degrees of challenge, based on their current levels of development, rather than their chronological age. Our faculty reinforces exploration of steadily increasing levels of intellectual depth and complexity. Core and supplemental learning materials are varied and adjusted to maximize intellectual access and full participation for all students. Through the use of developmentally appropriate textual materials and strategies, students at different levels of academic achievement are able to concurrently explore, discuss, and actively contribute to a shared understanding of fundamental themes and concepts, thereby reinforcing STARS Academy’s high-level expectations for all students.

We provide a strong foundation in core academic subjects such as Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. Our teaching methods focus on encouraging critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and a love for learning.

We incorporate the latest technology in our teaching to enhance learning experiences. Interactive whiteboards, educational software, and internet resources are regularly used in our classrooms.

Our experiential learning approach includes field trips, project-based learning, and hands-on activities. These experiences help students connect their learning to the real world and develop practical skills.

Our assessment methods are continuous and varied, including quizzes, projects, presentations, and regular feedback sessions. This approach helps us monitor student progress and tailor our teaching strategies accordingly.

Our goal is to prepare our students not just for the next academic level, but for life. We equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Our school offers a range of specialized programs including Music, Art, Physical Education, and Foreign Language studies. These programs are integral to our curriculum and contribute to the well-rounded education of our students.

Character education is a cornerstone of our curriculum. We focus on values such as respect, responsibility, honesty, and empathy, helping our students develop into conscientious and caring individuals.

We believe in catering to the individual needs of each student. Small class sizes and personalized learning plans ensure that every child receives the attention and support they need to succeed.

Parental involvement is encouraged at Stars Academy School. We maintain open communication with parents and regularly update them on their child’s progress and school activities.

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