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6-12
Private
Culver City, CA
Students enrolled: 70

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10101 Jefferson Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

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(310) 842-8808
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September 27, 2014
STAR Prep Academy is a downfall waiting to happen. Other than the great class sizes and the individual attention given by the teachers, it is very unorganized. As a former student of STAR Prep I have witnessed how much they are lacking. The favoritism shown by the teachers hould be unacceptable, but it continues to go on. Some of the teachers are unqualified to teach students, and in some classes the students would sit there for the hole class socializing and playing on their phones. A few years ago the school was considered a gifted and talented school, but that is no longer the case. More than half of the students have some sort of disability. They allow many of the "challenged" students to come to school without deodorant, messy hair, and dirty clothes. As a student I found this complete offensive. It was brought up numerous times to the principal, but nothing was done. Many of the students think that they do not saying anything to the students parents, or prohibit them from attending school that day, is because they fear the students family will be offended and possible leave the school. This school should get new owners, principals, or be closed down.

- submitted by a community member
November 13, 2013
As a teacher within STAR Prep Academy I am constantly surprised by the wealth of opportunities provided by our school. I have never been short of support from administration or parents to try out new activities or learning experiences and feel truly supported by the Head of School and other staff. A great place to work and a great place to learn.

- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2012
I am surpirsed by the last post, but some students haven't succeeded due to discipline and sometimes we don't see the faults in our own children. We are a scholarship family and have been more than happy with the program thus far (3 years). Great personal attention, a lot of activities for such a small school and I only see the future as bright. They are always adding new opportunities and my child has been afforded experiences they never would have received anywhere else. In the first semester they were whale watching, kayaking, volunteering, creating and leanring more than I ever expected. A true gem.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
The school is a great concept but the teachers do not treat all of the children the same and has obvious favorites. The small school setting has its pros and cons. If you are lucky enough to afford the school your child will be allowed to do as they please. However scholarship kids are treated second class

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2011
Star Prep Academy is like the best school ever much better than my old school. Finally I can go to a school where the teachers care, my peers worry about friendship and work instead of what i have on. At my old school I wasn't challenged enough. The teachers don't just hand you a book and tell you to read the directions, they help you. My teacher care about what going on with me in and out of school. Some people think that because the class size its boring. Its not. Everyone in my school is like one big happy family. Thank You.

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2011
STAR Prep Academy is college prep with a heart. This has been a great opportunity not only for our child, but for our family to find a school that provides a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking balanced with a school community that emphasizes caring. No cramming for tests, late night homework struggles, or fights to go to school. Our son wakes up happy to go to school and can't stop talking about the day when he gets home. At a time when kids and teachings are burning out, STAR Prep Academy's middle and high school in the heart of Culver City is a breath of fresh air.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
STAR Prep Academy has been a life changer for my child. Not only were the academics meaningful, but the support from the teachers and the administration was beyond comparison. My child attended other "progressive" schools, but this one was the right fit for me and my child. I can't say enough about the administration's commitment to each of their students and families and the staff's unwavering ability to keep the kids engaged.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Enriching atmosphere, teacher to child ratio, challenging academics, thought provoking world issues even for the smallest child.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 25, 2010
STAR Prep is amazing. The teachers and administration are dedicated professionals who love to teach. The treat every child as a respected individual. The have the most incredible ability to find just the right teaching method to not only keep each student interested, but also to cultivate a deeper interest and curiosity for life and learning. Being connected to the STAR Eco Station provides an unprecedented opportunity for the students to incorporate environmental and sustainability issues and practices into their everyday learning and living. This school has really helped my child to thrive. He asks questions, make connections, and engages in world issues, politics and cultures from an internal desire not a required assignment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
because they have a strong humanitarian and social conscience that informs the students and also shows itself in the way students are treated. My son went from a student who acted out in class and had an angry, negative attitude about school and about himself, to someone who has good self esteem, a positive social conscience and positive leadership abilities, he is even the school president!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
small class sizes help my child get the attention she needs to stay inspired and motivated. Teacher flexibility lets them adapt lessons to instill the overarching goal while pulling the best out of the student. The small school size lets all the teachers in on what a particular child needs or is struggling with, so everyone is on the same page regarding that child's trajectory. My child has blossomed in ways we did not anticipate because the environment is rich with stimulation and potential, and her teachers have seen qualities and potential in her that we did not see. She has become more confident and poised in the 3 years she's attended STAR Prep Academy. The intimate atmosphere has helped her gain confidence in interacting with kids of all grades.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
Much better than my old school. They actually care about me and spend time to get to know me and what I need to succeed. While many places have claimed to provide a supportive and caring environment, I actually experience it at STAR Prep Academy. Electives are really fun and the regular classes are tough, but fair. I have learned a lot since coming to this school and am glad I made a switch from my old school.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 28, 2009
Star Prep Academy is the best decision we've ever made for our son. He began in grade 6, and has totally florished beyond our wildest expectations. The attention from his instructors has been unbelievable. With a student to teacher ratio of under 10:1 - each student get a chance to develope his/her interests and shine. We've seen it, and couldn't be happier with Star and our son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 22, 2009
I tried for two years to get my son into this school, and it was worth the wait! My son does have ADHD, and after struggling to find his way, he has finally been able to achieve the great things I knew he was capable of. In public school, he was a number (in oversized classrooms), and was receiving average grades. Once he started Star, my 'C' student was now an honor roll student! He is doing high school level work in middle school. Others would have never thought it possible, but I knew given the right environment (smaller classrooms, caring teachers and staff), he would do well, and his 3.57 gpa is proof of that. I am in love with this school! My only worry is if I can continue to afford it! I can't say enough about this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2009
Awesome school, i my self have gone their for many years and must say that it has given me a chance to be who i really want to be

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2009
Great school, but tough location. No one knows about the school. We are small but mighty! Great time in class and working with animals and I have learned a lot. No sports teams, which is fine by me, but they try with Capoeira and Karate. Nice high school students make middle school easier. I would like to see more kids.

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2009
The amount of space in the visiting and the amount of students, started of well, ended up making a learning environment harder. At first it was a new experience, and was exciting-as most new things are- but it proved difficult, when it came to being social. The school is so small its hard to get around, and even if you don't like one person, it is hard to avoid them, or if you say an opinion that may hurt them everyone may begin to gang up upon you before you may explain yourself. I feel very claustrophobic, and know some of my peers feel the same. At some points in time i feel the teachers are not getting through to me, and helping poorly. And in other teachers i find the subject interesting. It is all a matter of opinion and personality.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2009
I find my child's experience at STAR Prep Academy to be quite rewarding. I felt that the personalized attention he receives will help him later in life as he has truly been guiding and advised to make appropriate choices both academically and socially. The Head of School had been working with him on college from day one and that has cleared up a lot of confusion for me and my child. I can't say enough here to express my satisfaction.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
The most important thing STAR Prep did for my child was to prepare her for college. I feel that the type of projects and discussions she had as part of her daily routine were at a different level than her previous schools. The teachers are great at really tapping into student interests and leading discussions. So much so that these discussions would often continue on our car ride home. I was surprised to see how informed my daughter was on current events and political issues (which are her interests). I felt that the environment is one of high expectations and it makes all of the students want to succeed and try hard to reach their full potential. I hope that they continue to focus on each child and that their accreditation doesn't cause them to be complacent.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
My daughter is a student at STAR Prep Academy and I've never seen her happier or learning more! STAR Prep has turned her back on to school and consequently, improved our home life. There are no more fights in the morning over going to school and no fights at night about doing her homework. The teachers are abosutely the best and the leadership is very strong. We truly feel lucky to have found such an extraordinary school as STAR Prep.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
My child no longer attends STAR Prep Academy, but I must syat that his experience was much different than the previous reviewers. It is true that this school is not for everyone, if you are allergic or don't like animals, this school won't work for you. But for my son, working with the many exotic animals at the ECO Station was a blessing. My child was always quite reserved and shy at his old school, but STAR Prep Academy's students welcomed him with open arms. I don't see the issue with behavior or special needs as outside of gifted students, the children seemed quite typical to what you will find at private schools all over the westside. My child is now quite succesful in college and I credit his time at STAR Prep Academy with this. Spend some time with the school and staff and you will see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
I read some of the reviews here, and you've got to be kidding!! There were so many behavior problems and special needs students at this school that my son was constantly frustrated. When my son was here they didn't have textbooks for some of his classes and at 25k a year you'd think that would be a given. There was a new prinicipal every year until last year and teacher turnover seems to be fairly high too. In his new school, my son is less distracted by the kids with behavior problems and the animal noise. It's not for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
I can't say much here, but what I have to say can be summed up in this- This school is the best thing that happened to me. Thanks to the environment it provides, I am graduating at the age of 16 and attending a good four year university in the fall. Without Star Prep I wouldn't have graduated by now, and I might not have graduated a year from now if I continued at public school.

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 29, 2008
Overall I am very happy with STAR Prep Academy. The individualized attention my child recieves here is much greater than that of other school programs in the area. They follow through on what they say and actually provide the real-world and hands-on education that they promise. Well rounded program with solid support from administration and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
Great program, great staff, great kids. The demand is high and yet they keep on delivering!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
This is the school of our dreams. Passionate and caring staff, rigorous and cutting-edge curriclum, small classes, wide variety of elective offerings, and a uniqueness found nowhere else. Their recent facility renovations are outstanding! All of my children will attend this school. Worth every penny (yet their tuition is less than most other private schools)!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
STAR Prep is exactly the nurturing environment I was looking for for my daughter. Not only has she grown academically, but also as an individual.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
Star prep is supposed to be for the gifted and talented my child was hardly challenged here.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2007
Excellent creative arts program,small classes with nice teacher:student ratio, great staff, gr8 principal. Excellent Science teacher from Africa the best. Nice to be able to work with the animals in the Ecostation. Would have liked the school to have used a better, more enriched curriculum. Hope that they find a curriculum that can be blended with the many projects that were meant to offer real world learning experiences. Skills child learned well before attending, not maintained well at all-especially in Math/Pre-Alg, Grammar, vocab and Language Arts-they all suffered. Spanish class no work books. Expensive school that does not use textbooks? Utilized copied papers. Your child may be distracted by other students with behavior probs.The school has potential-but not willing to return.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2007
Good school. Small setting. Creative and unique learning enviornment if your child is one who beats to a different drummer.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2007
STAR Prep Academy provides students with an opportunity to take hold of their education in a small, familial environment. The Academy provides students with unique opportunities to work with animals on a daily basis as part of their regular school day, while pursuing a college-prep course load. Instruction is differentiated to student level and needs, while the wide variety of elective options keep students engaged in their curriculum.

- submitted by a administrator
June 14, 2007
STAR_Prep is the middle/high school of my dreams. Many schools advertise accelerated learning, individualized instruction, and a student-centered approach to education. STAR_Prep actually provides all that and more. My son wants to go to school again! Backed by STAR Education (award winning organization with a 20 year track record), STAR_Prep (in its fourth year) has hit the ground running: computer lab, laptops, state-of-the-art music lab, amazing elective courses, AP classes, 4 foreign languages, WASC affiliation (read accreditation ), and more. In addition to all that, STAR_Prep is partnered with STAR Eco Station (a non-profit exotic animal rescue/sanctuary). Students can work directly (and I mean hands-on) with the animals on a daily basis. Downside? The school is looking for larger facilities. No big team sports yet, big-school proms, and such. Flipside? No gangs, cliques, or drugs. Teachers know each student; are accessible; and focus on student success, not fundraising and tenure.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
Star Prep Academy is unbelievable. Our son has always been a very good student, but has absolutely blossomed in this environment. He started middle school here in Fall 2006, and he not only enjoys going to school every day, but doing his homework! (We'll be here through high school.) The principal and teachers are the most wonderful we have ever experienced: enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working, talented, warm, friendly and innovative. They honestly care for each student as an individual and do everything possible to help them succeed. Creative and critical thinking is encouraged instead of rote memorization. The small school size allows for very personalized instruction and attention. Art, music, film, fashion design, Japanese, and Brazilian capoeira are just some of the extras available to the students, and they can also work with rescued animals at the adjacent Ecostation. Parent involvement with special events and daily activities are highly encouraged and promoted.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
My son came to live with me when he was about to enter his junior year. We quickly had to find a school, and it had to meet two requirements: 1)flexibility to work with him as an indenpendent study student for extended absences while he competed in sports tournaments 2) good college prepration and counseling (to make for the lack in his previous school). STAR Prep has far exceeded our expectations on both counts. He has small classes; extraordinary, stimulating teahers; a range of extracurricular activities that has transformed his ho-hum attitude toward school into dedicated enthusiasm; and a small, suppportive student body. Several mothers of his long-time friends have recently commented to me that they've never seen him so happy. Colleges that he previously dismissed out of hand as being too rigorous he is now sending for applications. I am thrilled with his transformation in just one year.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
STAR Prep really does an amazing job individualizing and gearing the program to gifted and talented kids. Excellent teaching, truly amazing leadership and extraordinary enthusiasm on the part of staff make this an incredible school, especially for kids who enjoy more than just textbook learning and testing at a set pace. Offers an incredible array of classes with experienced teachers who like bright kids and are willing to go the extra mile -- or 10 -- to help students learn what they can do. Small and new, so it still has to establish its reputation and build the student body. It will, because it is on the cutting edge of educating teens for a world where creativity, flexibility, analytical thinking and producing quality work will be most valued. Although the program exceeds all classic college entrance requirements, kids here have to go beyond by setting their own high standards...and meeting them.

- submitted by a parent
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STAR Prep Academy shares its facility with the STAR ECO Station, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility and environmental science museum. Students can work with exotic and endangered wildlife as interns or enroll in our Veterinary Science course.

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Star Prep Academy
10101 Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, CA  90232
(310) 842-8808
Last modified Star Prep Academy is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Star Prep Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top