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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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