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16700 Keystone Blvd
Parker, CO 80134

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4 stars
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October 16, 2014
I just spent a week hosting a book fair at North Star. Once again I was impressed with the students and staff, Lori Wood the Librarian, and the incredible parental support they had throughout the week. Students are well-behaved and courteous, and parental involvement makes for a very caring and fun atmosphere. I look forward to returning to help them with their next fair!

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2014
Unfortunately NSA's strict policies take away from their curriculum. If you don't fit the soldier mold, you'll be pushed out. Middle school rules are even more drastic. If your child forgets to wear a belt, automatic detention. Definitely a political atmosphere, regulations/disapline depends on each child, not across the board. NSA focuses on scores/awards, than on the students. Admin hands changed NSA without any real explanation. Bullying is a huge issue & not handled properly. Spanish, science & technology are very much lacking. High turnover with Spanish teachers & they don't really absorb it in the time given. No science labs for middle school. Tech is a bit behind, when comparing local schools. No lockers, therefore dragging their backpacks with them. Even with a backpack on wheels, they still have to get it in/out of carpool on their own. Child with disabilities, allergies or any extra needs will be a fight & staff considers it to be "getting more privileges than rest of the students". We've since moved on to greener pastures to another charter school in Parker, we feel our child's needs are met & spirits not broken. Only wish we would've found our current school sooner.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2014
We are starting our 4th year at North Star Academy and have 2 daughters at the school. I am super thankful that I took the time to learn about the charter schools in the area because North Star has been an incredible fit for our family. The core curriculum at North Star raises the bar beginning in Kindergarten and it's amazing to see these kids rise to the occasion...with kids reading and learning math at least a whole grade level ahead. I have had the pleasure of being time in the classroom for the past 3 years and the teachers are challenging yet show incredible care towards all the children in the classroom, a perfect balance in my book and new computer equipment in the classrooms this year is awesome. I'm excited about the current administration with an engaged principal who has been apart of the school since day one. And with the movement of a middle school teacher to the Assistant Principal position (who will see 4 of his children attend NSA), I feel the administration is perfectly poised to continue to make NSA a school of choice. One of my favorite opportunities that NSA provides is a Character Education program of life skills that will benefit them for years to come!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
This is our 4th year now at North Star and we absolutely love it. The teachers are fantastic and the education they are receiving is phenomenal! I love the character education they receive and the fact they have Spanish class every day. My kids are thriving and are very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
Excited for another year, this will be our 6th. There is no replacing founding principal Ms. Haws, but the passion and commitment from the founding assistant principal Mrs. Hossfield fills the halls with a contagious electricity we haven't seen in a couple years. We are excited to have Mrs. Hossfield at the helm steering our students to academic excellence, and more importantly exemplifying outstanding character and citizenship. NSA proud!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2014
North Star Academy is an excellent 'niche' school! Our family has been so happy here. We truly feel our children are receiving an excellent education in a nurturing, respectful, disciplined-oriented environment. It's a special place and we are blessed to be here!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2014
Both of my kids go to NSA and so far we couldn't be happier! We love the teachers, staff and parents. We feel like we finally found a home here with NSA.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
We have two children that attend North Star Academy and we're extremely pleased with our experience thus far. Highlights for us are the character education, caring-responsive-invested staff and teachers. Additionally, there are high, but realistic, expectations for the students in a rigorous curriculum and a top notch Spanish program. Naturally, there have been bumps along the way with NSA, but we set realistic expectations going in and we believe that our children are genuinely benefitting from NSA.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Our son has been attending North Star Academy for several years and we are exceptionally happy with the school, the teachers, and the curriculum. We like that there are small class sizes, and the teachers work closely with the kids. The school utilizes ability grouping, which ensures that children are taught at the appropriate level for their needs. There is a great emphasis on character education and foreign language development, as well as a fair disciplinary policy in place. Our son has really blossomed since starting school at North Star, and we feel like we made a great choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
This school is not what it was. The focus and culture have greatly changed. It is difficult to know what the Board is doing because minutes from the meetings are months behind in posting. Parents complain that the principal is rarely visible. While the test scores are good, the school ranking has slipped. Someone should start minding the store as many families have left and more say they are leaving!

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2013
Great school! North Star holds their students to high standards, both academically and behaviorally. Parents are expected to volunteer and to be a partner in their child's education which results in high success for the students. Both the Spanish program and the Character Education make this school different than any other in the area. Ability grouping is utilized in multiple subjects and math is taught a grade level above. I highly recommend this school for students and families that wish to be academically challenged.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2013
The elementary school is wonderful, the education level is top-notch, with Spanish as a part of the curriculum from Kindergarten-8th a huge plus. However, I am concerned with the current quality of the middle school. Although my kids are not quite there yet, I know many middle school parents who were/are not happy and are planning or have already pulled their kids from the middle school. The problem seems to lie with a few particular teachers whose students grade averages are consistently low, among other issues. What concerns me is that the administration, despite numerous complaints from parents, seems to not ever address these issues or take them seriously. If these particular teachers, one specifically, is still there when my children reach middle school, we will be withdrawing from the school. I have heard so many complaints and concerning issues from too many parents to risk it!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
This is our 5th year at North Star and we continue to be very pleased about the education our two children are getting at the school. North Star offers a very rigorous (Core Knowledge) curriculum and a nurturing environment for our children. In both math and reading, they are grouped according to their abilities, so that they can work at an appropriate level. With its daily language (Spanish) program and a character education program that infuses the school, our children are getting a very well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
A school that has success in academics that can be seen by their thorough test scores. I like that they use a variety to really know their needs of the students.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2012
My both children go to North Star. We are so HAPPY to be here. The Principal at this school sets very high standards for the children and her staff!! This school is exceptional in every way!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
Our children have attended NSA for the last five years, and we are very pleased with the curriculum, teachers and character education. While the school is probably not a perfect fit for every child, both of our children were ready for an academic challenge--which they were not getting at our neighborhood school. The teachers, curriculum & approach keep them engaged. In addition, the classes are small--so kids get the attention they need.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2012
School is as advertised. We have been at NSA for several years and are very pleased with the school. The teachers are amazing, and care for the students. The programs are challenging and the children show great improvement each year. We have a gifted child, an average child, and one that needed help. In all cases, the students have been treated with respect and have all improved in their ability greatly. The school is advertised as a very rigorous curriculum, and strives as an educational first institution. I do hear complaints occasionally about homework load, but in my opinion it is the parents responsibility to assess their children and get them help or put them in school that is right for them. Our child that needed help was struggling at NSA, we chose to hire a tutor and work with her to see if we could get her back on track, which we did. It frustrates me when I hear parents complain that NSA is too rigorous, and their kids can't play, soccer, dance, and 10 other things because of the work at school. Educations should come first, and if a student is not achieving their academic potential, then maybe they shouldn't be involved in 15 extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
Unlike many families at NSA, we attended a wonderful school in another state so we had something to compare it to. There was no transparency upon enrolling our children. Parents were never told major changes had been made to the math program beginning with the 2009 kinder classes. We learned after school started, they would be teaching 1st grade math in kinder rather than kinder math. The '09 class were the guinea pigs for the new advanced math curriculum. We also came to learn that the principal is extremely opposed to ability grouping children. All children are in the classroom together whether they "get it" or not. They pull those that do not "get it" (not 1 yr advanced in math as they believe all children should be) out in front of their peers across the hall for "help". In 1st grade, they were doing 2nd-grade Saxon math and were doing multiplication and division by the end of the yr. Children who transfer in will be one year behind! Nightly 1st grade homework: 15 min reading, 2 math sheets, phonics sheet, study for spelling & SS +100 math facts per night was added by end of yr. NSA has no balance and is geared toward the academic elite mindset. Principal & board were unhelpful

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
North Star Academy did not meet the needs of my child, he is gifted in the reading area, and always felt bored. Further more, a teacher picked on him throughout a couple of years for being a little bit different. And he was a very good student, he got all A's in all subjects that the teacher taught. The citizenship they teach is ok, but a couple teachers don't abide by the citizenship that is taught. There is also a big popularity issue in every grade, and class and it made his self esteem very low. We will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
Northstar Academy has been an incredible experience for our two children. We have never attended a school that has such incredible teachers and principal. The school is highly focused on the student s education. It is a warm and friendly environment with extremely dedicated teachers. I can t say enough about the principal, Ms. Haw s. What a very talented educator and woman she is. Under her leadership, the students are disciplined, and are taught good citizenship. We feel privileged to have our children attend such a fine school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
This is our first year at NSA. We moved from our neighborhood school. This was the best academic decision we have made for our children. The curriculum is rigorous, but the teachers do an amazing job of teaching the children. Classrooms are organized and interesting. The lessons are thorough, consistent and fun. There is constant feedback on how our children are progressing. The principal is a dynamic leader who is always visible. She often has lunch with the students and has an open door policy. The character development is reinforced daily. Overall, we could not be happier with this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
An excellent school with great leadership from the principal, great discipline enforced by teachers and principal, and great academic curriculum including Spanish program.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
This was our first year at North Star. We enrolled our two students here after spending 3 years at another charter school in the area; so, we're familiar with the charter school culture and its demands. We are ecstatic to be here at North Star. Our students, one elementary and one middle schooler, are thriving. In fact, our family is thriving. I could not disagree more with a previous comment on the middle school teachers. Without exception, North Star's middle school teachers are consummate professionals with a genuine interest in their students. Our family has seven years' experience in regular public and charter schools; I'd say we're in an ideal situation at North Star Academy.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
My 2 children have been at Northstar for 3 years now and I am very pleased with their progress. I have high expectations and NSA is meeting them with a challenging curriculum and grading scale, excellent Spanish program that is taught every day, solid curriculum and amazing teachers. My high achieving middle school student has excelled this past year in the smaller environment where she received a lot of individual attention. Also, NSA has a variety of electives she can select for the 2010-11 school year including cycling, health and first aid, photography, robotics, 3D modeling and animation, Science Olympiad, and team sports.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
North Star Academy Charter is a school of choice...a choice I am proud to be a part of! This school has a back to basics philosophy with a well defined curriculum that has helped my two daughters to thrive. The expectations in the school are set high both for academics and behavior...but those expectations are taught and modeled by the teachers and administration. One of the best qualities that sets NSA apart from other schools is the community feel throughout the school that leads to outstanding communication between teachers and parents. NSA is a cut above!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
NSA is an excellent school with high academic standards and fairly rigorous discipline. I would definitely consider it a cut above most public schools, and close to what I imagine a private school would be like. I can definitely say that my kids are well ahead of where they probably would be in a normal school. Some things it requires of parents are committment, involvement, and engagement. You need to pay attention to what's expected of your kids, as I think it can be a little hard for kids to keep up with the demands on their own. For example there is a fair amount of homework and frequent projects, events, etc. Curriculum is challenging but with your support it is acheivable.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
I only wish I had found North Star Academy sooner! For an unbiased overview of the school, take the time to review the North Star website (www.nstaracademy.org) and read the 90-page Parent Survey which is posted online by their School Academic Advisory Committee (SAAC - a Parent Committee). This will give you a much better overall picture of North Star Academy and North Star parents' opinions of the school and its administration/teachers. This is an excellent school with Core Knowledge Curriculum, a daily Spanish program, and students who, through example and a principal-taught Character Education Program, are expected to behave appropriately. If your child is allowed to dress inappropriately, bring weapons to school, smart-mouth teachers or loves to pick fights with other children, this may not be the school for you! This school actually has consequences for bad and/or inappropriate behavior. How refreshing!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
I am very pleased with the leadership, discipline, and academics in the school. North Star provides children with an excellent learning environment. The school is very lucky to have a strong Principal. She sets the tone for the school. We have had our two children in the school since it opened, and are very pleased with the excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
I would agree that the initial reaction to North Star is a great one!! My child has attended since it's inception in 2006. One thing this school does not comprehend is that as children grow they change. This school wants to mold each student into the perfect scholar soldier. If they do not fit the mold, the principal/administration will do everything in their power to get you out. They threaten with expulsion/suspension and there is no partnership between student/parent/faculty to help. "Zero Tolerance" is their mission! The teachers are great but driven by the principal, they are required to move through courses quickly, not taking into consideration comprehension. Not all children learn the same or behave the same and I'm sure the Prinicipal has great intentions but if your child does not fit the mold, you can plan on many encounters with the Principal. Good Luck!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
We have been at North Star since the first year it opened. What an amazing experience! I will say I had plenty of doubts when choosing a 'brand new' school. Fortunately we made the best decision! The environment is wonderful and the education spectacular. Both of my students perform well above grade level, and are challenged through the Word Masters, Junior Great Books and Character Education Programs. The school itself has a very tight, 'no tolerance' policy. Any issues we've had socially have been addressed in an imediate manner! I don't think they are afraid to say, 'We don't want the behavior issues here!' Looking forward to what the future holds at North Star!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
My child has also had issues at NSA and will not be returning next year. While the building expansion is beautiful, the middle school faculty is not. The teachers do not motivate the kids and have made math, science and social studies absolutely boring. I had high hopes for my child being in a charter school, but found the results to be extremely disappointing. This school could benefit from a change in administration.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
My daughter had a horrible experience at North Star. Her academic needs were not met (she is gifted) and she was teased. The principal did nothing to help academically nor with the teasing. The teachers seem highly stressed and in fear whenever the principal is around. The public schools offer much more in both academic capability and extra-curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
We recently left North Star for greener pastures. The school is great in that they do a lot to make it a special experience for kids. Field days are amazing, art shows are great, etc. One of my sons had an excellent experience there and a teacher who really went out of her way to help him. If that had been my only experience I would have rated them a 5. However, my other son had multiple problems. Without going into detail just know that if you have a child who is gifted or significantly advanced this school does not have programs in place to teach them. Which is why I rated them a 3. If your child fits into their program this school is and will be a wonderful experience for them. If your child has needs not the best choice

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
This is our 4th year attending North Star Academy and we still love it!! For a school that has literally started from the ground up with parent support the whole way it is amazing to see all that they have accomplished. We have a 40 minute round trip every day and I don't mind doing it for the education my children are receiving. We have never had an issue with the teachers, the principal or completing the 40 hours of volunteering, I'm usually between 60-80 hours by the time the year is done. I am always recommending this school to anyone that feels their children are not receiving all they can at their neighborhood school. 5 stars for North Star Academy!!!!!

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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2009
We moved our 2 girls from near by Douglas county school. We noticed a big difference. The core knowledge curriculum is excellent. The school's Accelerated Reading program is good and teachers continuously encouraging and monitoring students progress. Parents are involved and very well connected to other parents in the school. Ms.Haws does a great job. our daughters get a good grasp of Maths and English after moving to this school. The physical education and sports can be better. But we cannot complain as the school is getting new playground.

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March 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
The School is really great at English and Spanish, but really lasks in Science and Math. Teaching Abilities vary widely and is the luck of the draw. Good, but to be great needs to be more consistant.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
I was directed to this site from another email and thought, 'I wonder what they are saying about North Star?'' I have to say I was surprised to find that there were some negative comments--Truly surprised! Having moved our children from our neighborhood school, I don't want to imagine how far behind, and less enriched, our children would be if we hadn't made the decision to uproot them. My children are not only receiving a top notch education but they are learning how to be community leaders. And, the Core Knowledge curriculum speaks for itself. The principal, Ms. Haws, runs a tight ship but has never given me the impression she is cryptic regarding her expectations of her teachers. As one teacher, who is also a parent, put it to me, 'As a boss she may be tough, but as a parent, she is who you want running your child's school.'

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2009
We love North Star! Our two daughters are excelling at NSA thanks to a well-run program. The leadership, from the Board to the Administration to the teachers are all exceptional. We feel our children are getting a strong, solid education in an enviornment that is structured and fun at the same time. The curriculum, from the Core Knowledge to the integrated Spanish program, to the weekly Character Education and Servive Learning projects are outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
This is a wonderful school that I CHOOSE to send my kids to! It is worth the 40 min drive round-trip each day because it is very challenging, unlike the neighborhood school. There is so much respect, discipline, & culture that will help kids excell in the future. I enjoy being a part of my kids' life & volunteering when I can. I also like that everything is accessible on the school website.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
As a Founding Parent of NSA, living in the most western edge of HR - I am thrilled with our school! Our children love NSA. It is so fun to hear them speak the Spanish they are learning. They love their teachers and our principal. It is important to instill character building principals everyday, and NSA does that. If our children don't learn to respect themselves and each other at school, it will be difficult for them to do so later in life. Each year gets better and better with new programs and enriched curriculum-learning experiences.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
This school is a great disappointment. The environment is rigid and the term 'flexibility' does not exist. The offerings at my local school are much wider and the kids are allowed to be kids. We will not be returning to NSA and can't wait for the year to be over.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
Northstar is unbelievable! My daughter loves the challenging curriculum she was not getting from our neighborhood school. She is so much happier here. The principal is one of best I have ever seen. She loves her school and takes great pride in it. Northstar is 'the' school to be in and I am glad we are in!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2008
fantastic elementary school, with all the right programs in place for my child to excel; wise and accessible principal, teachers working very hard to do cover all academic with all level of students, tight discipline.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2008
This wonderful school is now nearly half way through it's third year in operation, and gets more fabulous every quarter. The charter environment allows the teachers and administrators to assess, monitor and manage the curriculum and the learning environment with such incredible fine tuning. The secret is out and the wait list is growing.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
I really enjoy working with so many talented people at NSA. Each child has an individualized growth plan and they benefit from the interventions we give. Our students really demonstrate the character traits taught at NSA: respect, responsibility, citizenship, integrity, and excellence.

- submitted by a teacher
October 11, 2008
fantastic elementary school, with all the right programs in place for my children to excel; incredible parent involvement, wise and accessible principal, teachers working in teams, tight discipline

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
With two children attending the school, I found the curriculum to be unchallenging. The school seems to be incapable of meeting the needs of advanced children. The environment is rigid - almost military-like. The principal is uncooperative and offers no solid solutions for children with exceptional needs. Teachers appear to operate under a veil of fear and almost tremble when the principal makes one of her rare appearances in the classroom. I used to be a big proponent of charter schools. But, after the experiences at North Star, I must conclude that I see no benefit in Charter Schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
I feel that there are many wonderful aspects to this school. However, I have had a difficult time with the last two teachers not communicating with me regarding where my child was at with his grades. As far as parent involvement, it can be extremely political. They state they want the parents to volunteer 40 hours but you have to beg for the hours unless you are friends with one of the parents that head that area of involvement. The principal is amazing and is the glue that keeps that school together. Hopefully she will remain there for a very long time. There are many parents that feels this way and in time are going to withdrawal their children. We wished our thoughts and concerns would have been taken more seriously but unfortunately they weren't.

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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
This school fast paced, keeps the children involved. My daughter needed to be challenged and this school is perfect for her. She flurishes here.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Our son started kindergarten here this year and we loved it. Spanish taught by spanish teacher starting in kindergarten, smaller class sizes, they go outside every day but still found time to exceed the expectations at the local public schools. My 6 year old reads books now way above his level and is thrilled to go to school each day.

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North Star Academy
16700 Keystone Blvd, Parker, CO  80134
(303) 471-6677
Last modified North Star Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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