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Space Technology and Arts Academy (Star Academy)1
Posted February 26, 2015
- a parent
I would never recommend this school. There is absolutely no organization or very poor academic protocol. Many children are unruly and take away from the children that are there to learn. Teachers are disrespectful and the curriculum is unsatisfactory. My daughter would bring homework and had not even been shown how to do some of it (example: read a clock and counting coins/money). Other students in her class act out so much that she says they 'don't have time' to do the things planned for that day (this happens 3-4 times a week). I am just appalled this school has been open as long as it has, glad to hear that is will not be open next year. And even more happy to know we are moving.
The teachers and administration are unfit for their positions. They say one thing and do another. Everything in the school is constantly changing and there is no stability. And the staff turnover.... that's another story. They can't seem to keep teachers around for more than a year or two. Stay away from this school. There is a reason their charter is in question and about to be revoked.
I've watched this school for the past 3 years (from 2010 to 2013) and I can personally atest to the improvements this school has made. The teachers are supported where they were not before, scores have gone up, and rules are being followed. The teachers have a better attitude and the administration does a good job in doing what is best, not what is popular.
Over the last 5 years I have seen this schools rapid growth. The growth is due to the challenging curriculum and innovative approach to learning. I highly recommend STAR Academy. The teachers are excellent and the culture espouses that every child can succeed.
My daughter has been attending Star Academy for 3 years, have never had any issues with any of the staff or teachers. Our experience has been nothing but a great one. My daughter has always been a straight A student and this is in part that I am a responsible parent who takes the time to be involved in my child's education. People are so easy to blame the school and staff but yet are not actively involved with their children's education. Successful students have parents who sit with them at home and help with homework and if the parent cant help then you sign your child up for homework club. If not happy with the school then find another school that meets your childs education needs.
My children go to this school and I am proud to send them there. I am also a student teacher at this school. I wanted to student teach here because of all the other schools I observed at, none of them made me feel welcome like they do at STAR. STAR Academy is like a family and they take care of their students. The teachers care a great deal and do their absolute best everyday. No school is perfect and if parents want to complain, then I challenge them to spend a day with their child! Take a walk in the teachers shoes, being a teacher is in no way an easy job. This is a great school and the entire staff does their best everyday to ensure the success of every student! But remember teaching doesn't begin or stop at school, parents must work as a team with the school as well!
I used to defend this school, but now I am not so sure. I am currently on the fence deciding wether or not to send my children to a different school that fits their needs. My main concern at the moment is the classroom sizes. I know there are at least 30 students in many classrooms and I don't feel this is fair to the children or the teachers. The students are not recieving a good education here because there are too many students in the classroom to help them all. I feel like the quantity is more important than the quality. And I do not know the reason for not hiring more staff, but many kids are going to fall through the cracks and this is sad. Researchers have found that gains in achievement generally occur when class size is reduced to less than 20 students. More than 25 is rediculous, the school is making learning hard on the students and teaching a challange for the teachers. Why are they okay with this many students in each classroom? The principles job is to keep the school from closing this next year, at this rate I do not see test scores improving.