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Star Prep Academy

Private | 6-12 | 70 students

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Living in Culver City

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $711,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,520.

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Posted Saturday, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted October 6, 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


Posted April 26, 2010

Enriching atmosphere, teacher to child ratio, challenging academics, thought provoking world issues even for the smallest child.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 26%
Two or more races 17% 3%
Black 15% 6%
Hispanic 11% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Japanese
Chinese (Mandarin)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Selected as a "Model Educational Program" by U.S. White House
  • Winner of 2 Awards-41st Annual California Media Fest (2007)
  • Healthiest Student Bodies Award (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Zahir Robb
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (310) 842-8806

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College preparatory
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Computer
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Capoeira, Martial Arts,Yoga
Girls sports
  • Capoeira, Martial Arts,Yoga

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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Parent involvement
  • The parents of star academy students are involved in the design of their student's curriculum. their concerns and interests are addressed on an individual basis, helping to provide a more well-rounded educational setting for their student. parents are also encouraged to donate their time and talents to our students.
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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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Financial aid offered
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College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
College prep programs/courses during the year
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College presentations or information sessions
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10101 Jefferson Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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Phone: (310) 842-8808

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