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Phoenix, AZ
 

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3535 E McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

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(602) 957-9557
(602) 956-0065
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February 11, 2015
Part 2:I understand money might be an issue, but a school that lets go of teachers and increases class size, has something ideologically wrong. It's not something that can't be rectified but it is something that needs to be addressed. I support the philosophy of StarShine- I think it's great. But in order to meet the goals of StarShine, it needs to scale back in the student population so they can properly attend to student needs like ELL's,504's, and IEPS as well as the nature of at-risk and high risk students. I think that this can be done but it will take educators' voices being heard and trusted in order to make this happen. I believe the teachers are StarShine are capable and desiring to help every student....but there are just too many of them and not enough resources. So, StarShine, what will you do? I encourage you to value your staff. They are hardworking and gifted. Listen to them, consider their ideas, and work toward solutions so that moving forward StarShine can become academically rigorous and personally and socially adept.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2015
I have learned that every school has difficulties, yet StarShine Academy has helped many students achieve their goals in gaining an education both inside and outside of the traditional classroom setting. Without StarShine Academy, many many students would not have the opportunity to succeed in life. StarShine Academy has been around for 13 years now, and will continue at least another 13 years.

- submitted by a teacher
January 28, 2015
I used to believe in their mission and that they were doing everything to benefit the kids, but I have to say I am very disappointed in this school. This school is full of lies. One of their best teachers resigned and the fact that they keep deleting her posts makes it all more obvious that what she is saying is all true. If you are looking for a school for your children, I highly advise that you take them somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
Sadly, this is a site that is about honest reviews, but yet last Saturday and Sunday I read two reviews from a former teacher who was laid off and I see their opinions in all their honesty have been deleted. It doesn't take much research to read reviews from other sites and sources to realize that this school has had repeated problems from the get go. Special education and special needs are not being addressed nor is the fact that the school has a failing grade and has had serious money issues from day one. Charter schools are only an option to public schools and I suggest highly that anyone considering this school ask about turn over rates among teachers, why former teachers went to court to get their pay and why there is not one former employee that has one kind or positive response about this school. The school's founder does not have a degree in Education nor a degree in anything nor does the founder truly understand education. I would strongly suggest public education.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2015
My son had been struggling in school after school and last fall I enrolled him in starshine. He started out doing the same things he had been in trouble for at other schools but then they started having him work on behavior points and its really helped. He isnt fighting and he's proud to show me his points from school. Thank you starshine!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2015
This school is horrible. One of their best teachers resigned last week and so many parents are going to remove their kids when they find out. Any positive reviews about this school on this page are made by the school themselves. Do not send your children here. You will be sorry.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2015
This school cares about my daughter's success in more ways than I have ever seen with other schools. I am so grateful and wish all kids could have this.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2015
Oh, same old, same old! Teachers laid off mid-year due to lack of money, bills unpaid, vendors unpaid, payments (that were withheld from staff pay) to AZRS unpaid, student's special needs poorly planned for and unmet, a 'personal assistant' paid out of school funds who continues to be paid and occupy space on campus while teachers are told they should just work for free...it goes on and on, every couple to three years or so...this school lost it's charter once, could anyone who allowed that to happen step up, come forward and realistically defend it having been reinstated? Please! Don't be fooled by the marketing schemes and slick publicity stunts. If you live in this District, do your child a favor, Go Now to one of the Creighton schools nearest you, and not to this poorly managed, poor example of a charter school.

- submitted by a community member
January 24, 2015
By law, every student must get support if they have an IEP- this school does not follow that. There are too many kids in my child's room, which makes it hard on the teacher. I will be withdrawing my student, after his or her teacher was laid off Friday. The teacher's are the hardest workers on campus and do all they can with the circumstances passed down from adminstration.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
Never again! As a parent I want the best for my child. My child has an IEP and not once has someone contacted me to discuss his educational needs at this school. You call and leave messages and no one ever calls back. Communication here sucks. Planning on removing my child from Starshine. Parents open your eyes this school is a joke for children with special needs. They paint a good picture of how amazing the school is but it isn't.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
First of all this school is terrible the staff is very rude and uncaring my daughter and son went to this school for 3 years and didn't learn anything my son is so far behind and they screwed up all my daughter's credits I should of took them out of this school a long t ok me ago I would not recommend this school for anybody. The assistant principal is very rude as well as the daughter of the owner of the school. VERY TERRIBLE SCHOOL PLEASE DON'T SEND YOUR KIDS THERE.

- submitted by a parent
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)

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 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

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 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
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
October 09, 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.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2013
The teachers and staff really care about the students. they take time to connect with each student and see them as an individual.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
January 08, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 17, 2011
This is Trish McCarty, founder of StarShine. The reason you don't see test scores is because our schools are small and cannot be reported accurately to protect the identity of children at the school. I have tried several times to get GreatSchools to post something but can never get their attention. Maybe you can help. The kids are learning about 1.5 times the average child. And they have many more problems to overcome so they are amazing.

- submitted by a teacher
November 18, 2009
I'm so glad I was hired at Starshine. They gave me a chance when no other school would even give me an interview. I now have my substitute certificate and love teaching the kids. The school helps the kids that can't go to school anywhere else because of issues with the other schools. Thanks to Trish and Jan for giving me another chance, too.

- submitted by a teacher
November 17, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2009
This is an outstanding school. The teachers and staff really go the extra mile to see that every student receives what they need. I love the emphasis they place on not only the children's academic education, but their outlook on life and instilling morals and values in the children. I recommend this school to anyone and everyone who will listen. I don't want to send my daughter anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
In this space, it allows a voice from people who may have another agenda, rather than one that supports the needs of each and every child. We have had some teachers that could not adjust to the rigid requirements that the school has for all staff to help every single child to exceed all expectations and master requirements for graduation AND university entrance. Please try to attend a graduation and listen to the students' speeches, and talk to the alumni there supporting the graduates. You will hear amazing success stories of many having not only graduated college but are doing wonderful work. StarShine does not fit a command and control lecture-only teacher. It expects teachers to educe the best of each student at all times, that includes expecting manners and integrity.

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2009
Parents, please look closely at the atmosphere and opportunities your child will have at Starshine. I have taught there and the people all have great intentions and try extremly hard, but the lack of discipline and inconsistant boundaries set by administration are dangerous. Some children to flourish in this setting, most coast through and are unprepared academically and socially. I don't think any graduates have ever attended a University. This may be the school for your child if all others have failed, but please do your research before enrolling.

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November 04, 2008
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October 28, 2008
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October 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
I have toured many schools and seen none like StarShine Academy. The staff is dynamic, kind and caring. The students are educated in gardening, leadership, international studies, music, art and the best cirriculum- using the best technology. This is not the best school for my children, it is THE school for my children. After having them attend just one year - I couldn't imagine them going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2007
Starshine is a wonderful school to be a part of. It is a place that kids can come to school and learn individually at their own pace while also feeling safe at school. Not only do we follow the Arizona State Standards, we also teach the students life skills that will help them lead more successful lives.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
August 10, 2007
I currently have a student at Starshine Academy. When I brought her hear last year for Kindergarten, I had a lot of expectations for her first year of education. My daughter also needed to be in a setting that kept focused on task to keep her from getting into things. In Mr. Dan's kindergarten, she was put in the setting that she needed so much. She learned how to focus her energy in a positive way. When she entered the school year, she was not even close to reading. By the end of the year, she was bringing home books every day that she read to my wife and I. Starshine Academy is an awesome school and I am so glad I chose them for my daughter's education!!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
This school teaches Love and acceptance for all people. They incorporate values which are lost in most public school, courtesy, respect; acknowledgement of outer s uniqueness...

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2007
This is my second year teaching at StarShine Academy and I truly love the opportunity to work with a loving staff, involved parents and wonderful children. StarShine Academy has given me the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of families. I stand behind the guiding principles and mission of this school whole heartedly. My main goal is to feed my students not only academically to be also make sure that they are being prepared to go out into the world with a great education and high levels of integrity and make a positive statement to the world. I look forward to the 2007-2008 school year. Ms. Brenda Combs

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2007
Starshine Academy is not just a school, it is an experience. I wish I had a Starshine Academy, when I went to school. Starshine individualizes instruction for all of it students. It has every student from Kindergarten to seniors in high school think about what they want to be when they grow. I believe this type of goal setting should be discussed throughout a child's education to help them focus toward their future(and for some believe they have a future). I think that Starshine really has something special here and for a brighter future for the world, we need more schools like this one.

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August 09, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2007
I have never worked with a better, stronger team. Each teacher at StarShine brings a special talent or area of expertise. I don't have to go far to find inspiration in my professional life. The school leadership is outstanding and I feel that my professional goals are just as important to them as they are to me. I am encouraged to explore all options available to me and to use creativity in decision making. The students are incredible and I love that we are able to individualize almost everything for our kids. As the Service Learning teacher, I am able to see kids develop and mature over the course of a semester as they volunteer at the school and in their community and take on responsibilities outside their class requirements. They have a real sense of ownership in the school and act accordingly. It's a great school!

- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2007
My children love this school. They have made a lot of improvement with reading and social skills. They really enjoy working in the garden.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
I love Starshine Academy. My oldest son came out of kindergarten knowing how to read at a 1st grade level. He went to public school the following year. His 1st grade teacher told me he knew things they didn't even teach yet. My son is back at Starshine where he gets a lot of attention and encouragement. They also have a great after school program where my son learned how to play chess and he also likes the garden club they have. Thanks Starshine.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
Ask any of us parents and you will hear great stories about Starshine. The culture helps those kids who have trouble at other schools. It's not a public school with rows of kids droning to the same lesson. Some kids do well in that kind of school. My kids do well at Starshine because of the morality and positivity that surround every event and lesson. The before and after school programs also help working parents (like me) to not have to rely on babysitters and TV to keep my kids entertained. Math and English lessons and physical exercise are what they get when my friends' kids are watching TV. Starshine has given them experiences they wouldn't have from another school. They know how to be better people after just one year.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
This school is very poor. The staff is not able to teach students properly. The administration is poor and concerned with student count for funding rather than their students success.Do not send you child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
This school does not have after school programs. Teachers seem interested, but not enough to improve a child. NO extra curricular activities. Up to three school grades in one classroom 1 teacher to 20 students with different level education.

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June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 22, 2004
I think its a great school. The staff is courteous amd always looking out for the best of their students. Their staff may be young but definately not inexperienced. My son had a fear of going to high school and not making it. Since going there, his self esteem is very high and he is very confident that he will make it. The only thing I wish is they had some kind of before/after school program. Other than that it is all great!!!! Keep up the great work everyone (staff)!!!

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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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Starshine Academy
3535 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ  85008
(602) 957-9557
Last modified Starshine Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Starshine Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top