Trish McCarty, 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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
The teachers and staff really care about the students. they take time to connect with each student and see them as an individual.
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!
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.
I love this school! So excited for the new building, each student also gets their own tablet to work from!
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!
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.
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! :-)
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The school has wonderful teachers who really care about their students. It is a very small school, but it is full of inspirational people!
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.
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