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Starshine Academy

Charter | K-12 | 500 students

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted April 1, 2013

StarShine Academy is under construction and will have all new facilities by the time school opens in August of 2013! It will be one of the most high-tech, Ecology-rich, sustainable designs for a school in the United States and will include gardens, an urban farm, radio, television, high-tech science centers, a Sports/Theater Center and an Elders Wisdom Center. Please come and watch us grow!

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Posted April 23, 2014

Just because this school changed the way the school looks it doesnt mean that it changed the way on how they "teach" the students. All the students do is sit around on a TABLET and sometimes learn on their own. Most of what they say is a lie, even the teachers know it! Your child is better of somewhere else & if the student doesnt do their work OH TRUST ME they are not going to get in trouble. All thats going to happen is they send them to the kindergarten to read to them.. what is that going to teach them? Thats its ok to not do work. NO this school needs a whole lot more work done. Btw this school might say they care about the students but guess what? They don't . If someone has been absent for so long they dont call to say anything, they just go on about their day & as soon as the student comes back to school they dont even question on why he/she has been gone so long and also dont even bother kicking the person out.( WAS a student here)


Posted February 4, 2014

StarShine is an extremely unique school where in the same day a student can play basketball in a beautiful new gym, work on a high tech project on their individual tablet computer in the innovation center, work in the on campus garden, play soccer on the soccer field and learn to care for goats and chickens in the on-campus pet area. Students follow individual learning plans that are specially designed to meet their academic needs while emphasizing areas in which the student displays interest and aptitude. Teachers are all committed to working with the "whole student" and not just treat the student as another test score. A great rapport exists between the student and facility because the students recognize that their teachers really care about helping them achieve their goals. The schools curriculum revolves around a set of 15 guiding principles that help the student and teachers learn to live a better life. StarShine stands as a shining beacon of light in a inner city neighborhood that is often devoid of hope and expectation. It stands as a true example of how charter schools can bring quality education and facilities to neighborhoods that are otherwise filled with blight


Posted December 4, 2013

It has been a very frustrating school. When I call to get answers to my questions, it sounds like I am a bother to them and don't want to help. Even the assistant principal has been so rude. I called one time to explain a situation regarding some classes and he wouldn't even let me finish speaking and I had to ask him to please let me speak. It feels very uncomfortable to communicate with Starshine staff. The teachers have been very supportive, but I don't know how they, the teacher can take it, for a long time they haven't been able to enter attandance in the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

This school has amazing potential with the new facilities, a new principal, new teachers, and many new students! Everyone is working together to realize some very big dreams.Teachers and students are working to bring about a positive change in the community. This school has amazing principles that change lives. Come and check it out for yourself!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 10, 2013

A young first grader had to transfer to Utah a few weeks ago because her dad got a new job there. Her mom, aunt and grandmother all moved together. For two weeks the little girl cried at her new school and her mom had to pick her up early because of stomach aches. She begged to return to StarShine. After two solid weeks of watching their little girl cry, the dad quit his new job and the entire family moved back so that this little girl could come back to her beloved school, teacher and classmates yesterday. It was so sweet.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 9, 2013

StarShine has undergone many changes this year--all for the betterment of the students. New buildings, new caring staff, a new principal who is pulling everything together all support the focus of helping students realize their dreams. It is an amazing place.


Posted October 9, 2013

The teachers and staff really care about the students. they take time to connect with each student and see them as an individual.


Posted August 22, 2013

Despite all the construction, this in itself should be viewed in a positive light. Brand new stuff! Something beautiful is being created here. Sometimes the potential of something creates the biggest joy in ones heart. This school is filled with potential. StarShine is the foundation to lifting spirits and dreams that have been crushed or have never been given an opportunity to rise. The opportunities are here, bigger and better than ever!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2013

Starshine Academy is a place of creating stars . Stars for future and stars of present time. Children here, learn to recognize their strengths, self esteem, courage to face the world, knowledge to succeeded, positive attitudes towards life-people-and society. Wonderful citizens of this country are being groomed here with love and care. Through music, art, dance and higher standards education equipments. Each student here connected with the world . They act like UN ambassadors and represent countries of their choices , they are well aware of the chosen country's culture, economy, people , food etc. They are not only shining in their own campus, also leading the nation and international art compititions. iIIf you do not know Starshine, you should cinsider visiting there. I can bet , you will have the starshine effects too.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 18, 2013

I love this school! So excited for the new building, each student also gets their own tablet to work from!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

I feel so incredibly blessed to be a part of a team of teachers who go above and beyond for their kiddos. The faculty and staff at Starshine Academy truly care about making your child's experience at school a positive one. I encourage you to stop in and take a tour of our campus!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 11, 2012

StarShine opened in one of the toughest neighborhoods this year, and their mission is to reach all students, and help all students find their unique brilliance. They are a small community school focused on getting to know all the students and their parents, and connect to the community to make a difference.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 8, 2012

Starshine has a unique mission for our very unique students and that is to teach the whole child. We integrate music, art, gardening, and technology into our everyday core curriculum. We recognize that all students don't perform well with traditional testing methods and provide opportunities for our students to demonstrate learning in ways that maximize their strengths while working to improve their deficits. I am proud to work for an organization that is committed to teaching the whole child. Come check us out! :-)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 17, 2011

This is Ms. Shoop, Superintendent of the StarShine Schools. I have been in education for the past 25 years and can tell you that StarShine is one of the best schools. The school doesn't just focus on test scores, they focus on the whole child through individualized education plans, an ambassador program, executive protocol, school garden, technology in every classroom, art, music, radio program, scientifically based curriculum and outstanding, dedicated teachers. Come and see for yourself. Visitors are always welcome! We just moved to our new campus - 3535 E. McDowell, Phoenix
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 27, 2011

Just want to say how much I love Starshine. I love everything about this school from teachers to staff and the awesome feeling of belonging. My child is excelling for the first time in his life. So glad we found you Starshine, keep shining.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2011

All you who are reading this, will your child get to go to AUSTRALIA? Do I hear...WHAAAT! Mine will! Ms Smith's class is making the trip to Austraila. The class is working on EVERYTHING and they are excited let me tell you. They areFund raising, practicing and following the StarShine Principals, learning not only about AUSTRALIA but all the neighboring countries. Hands on learning if I ever seen it. Shout out to Ms Smith and her wonderful class which deserves this trip.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

Kindergarten and First Grade at Starshine is what makes me happy. The whole school is amazing though, it truly is. I have kids in KG and First grade and they are doing so well, my KG is reading, my first grader is excelling in all subjects, it is remarkable. Starshine is a school to be proud of in all areas. The teachers really care are so dedicated. Thank you Starshine and all of your staff for helping create tomorrows future in such an amazing way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

Starshine Academy is different than the other schools where I have worked. We are a small community school where everybody actually does know your name. The children are greeted each morning as they enter campus by one of the teachers, The whole school K-12 start the day out together in a gathering of the community for a little yoga (balance, breathing, and focus), the announcements and the pledge. This community start is carried throughout the days, weeks, and months. The students join together for a school wide YEAR LONG food drive. The upper grade students lead events for the younger children showing true leadership. The teachers at StarShine are among the best I have worked with. They are very attentive to the needs of the students and very passionate about the ideas that StarShine stands for. Come check us out!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 17, 2011

StarShine Academy strives to transform educational outcomes for k-12 students, teachers and staff, parents and our community. Our Kindergarten teacher and his class have stepped up to this principle in a big way! Our Kindergartners are encouraging and leading our entire school in setting and achieving personal goals and creating good for our community through StarShine s Year-Long Food Drive, now in its fourth year. We stress the fact that setting one small goal individually combines with the efforts of everyone else into a much larger contribution. By the beginning of November, StarShine Academy had donated over 590 pounds of food this year to a local Food bank. I am proud of our student s success, willingness to participate, and the positive contribution they make to our entire community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 17, 2011

The school has wonderful teachers who really care about their students. It is a very small school, but it is full of inspirational people!
—Submitted by a teacher


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
33%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
83%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

2012

 
 
67%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
38%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
25%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
20%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

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40%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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6%

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9%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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40%

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54%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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26%

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31%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Underperforming".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 70% 43%
White 17% 42%
Black 8% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A47%
Female 53%N/A49%
Male 47%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Camelback High School
Arcadia High School
Creighton Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 52% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 35% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 3% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 8% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 2% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Arizona State University
Scottsdale Community College
Phoenix Community College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Japanese
Russian
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Honor Society (2012)
  • AdvancEd International Accreditation Award (2012)
  • Phoenix Music Awards (2009)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Governor's Volunteer Award (2011)
  • Gardening & Nutrition (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Dance club: ballroom and hiphop
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Trish McCart/ Tammy Gee
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • 602-957-9557
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Part-time study
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 956-0065

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
  • Virtual school
  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Pre-law

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • yoga,
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • yoga

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • DECA
  • Dance club: ballroom and hiphop
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Model congress
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
  • We love parents to be involved
More from this school
  • Great Schools' rating ??? Internationally, NCA Accredited StarShine is K-12+ and helps students, teachers, and volunteers find and grow their highest and best excellence in body, mind and spirit, everyone can and must make a unique contribution. StarShine believes that when individual abilities are celebrated, people are more respectful of others' unique abilities. Students recognize the world is a big place, full of possibilities, as well as responsibilities. The seed of greatness is born
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
520
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
650
Students typically come from these schools
Camelback High School
Arcadia High School
Creighton Schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Phoenix Community College
Scottsdale Community College
Arizona State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 52%
4 year college - 35%
Military - 3%
Vocational - 8%
Workforce - 2%
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3535 E McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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Phone: (602) 957-9557

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