I have a child that just completed second grade at Stargate School and another to start fall 2014. The school is really quite excellent. The sense of community is outstanding. The teachers are amazing. The principal is awesome. There are more specials offerings than the traditional schools.The music program is truly fantastic, I've been so impressed with it already. The homework levels seem to have dropped a lot since my kid started here. When she first started it seemed like there was a lot more homework, but I feel that they are working hard to ensure the load isn't too big so the kids can still do other things and you know, be kids. The rest of the district uses Everday Math, which I disagree with entirely. Stargate uses Singapore Math. At first it was frustrating to figure out what the purpose of the lower math was, but now that my daughter is entering 3rd grade I really see the true genius in it. The way she can manipulate numbers and do complex problems in her head is amazing. I do have concerns about the expansion plans, but the school has been around for 20 years, I do feel like they have as good of a chance as any of making it work and making it work well.
I am worried about the growth Stargate is allowing next year. I think it's too much, too fast. Adding kids in every grade K-5? How is that keeping standards high? What is the plan for incorporating all of these new students into the building and culture at Stargate? I wonder if this is just for money or if something else is happening. All I know is that it was difficult for my child to be accepted into the school and now it seems they are emptying the wait list to fill classrooms (classrooms they have no space for, by the way.) Can just anybody get in here now? These kids can't possibly all be of the same caliber and high IQ as past students who were accepted. It doesn't make sense and I am not buying all of the answers from administration. I might not wait to see what corner of the building my child is stuck into next year. I am very disappointed. This is not what we signed up for at Stargate.
We have one child at Stargate and he loves it,as do we. They recently changed their homework model which now allows kids to be kids, while still learning and being challenged. The Principal is very hands on in all aspects of the school and truly cares about the well being of each and every student. We are very excited that Stargate plans to expand from K-8 to K-12. I was worried that my son would leave Stargate and have to go to the assigned high school in our area, which is not rated very well. But now he can stay with Stargate until he leaves for college. The staff are trained on how to teach the GT students and are required to take continuous training each year to learn new GT teaching principles. My son is learning things in 1st grade, that I was never taught ever in my lower education years. And he comes home excited about everything he is learning. He is 6 years old and reading at a level of a 10 year old. The school truly meets our every expectation and then some.
My son and I went in to stargate for a tour, I was blown away by everything, the layout of the classrooms, the artwork on the walls, how happy all the staff seemed. Most of all the principal Josh Cochran was absolutely amazing, he covered everything answered any and all questions with the such confidence. I highly recommend this school.
We faced the good problem of being offered a spot in each random selection process for charter schools in our area. After point-by-point comparisons, research, and visits, we chose Stargate School. Teachers are trained and attuned to gifted and talented student development, a task that is not achievable or desired by all educators. These teachers wanted to be here. After collaborating with us to gain a more precise understanding of how our child learns best, under Stargate teachers we began to see steady progress in our child's reading, vocabulary, civic awareness, etiquette, math skills, and curiosity levels. There is more homework than expected for a kindergartener here, however, this is respectful of the children and their future. Early acclimation to what a person will later face is an early investment in their long term success. And at Stargate it is done with a heart and a love for the students on the part of staff and teachers. This is visible in the kids as they work and play. And these children are from many socio-economic backgrounds. The principal, Mr. Cochran heads up a staff that applies standards of excellence to themselves. They are adaptive, professional, and kind.
We are very impressed with Stargate!! My daughter loves going to school everyday! She is in second grade but doing 5th grade literacy. They have met her every need! If you are considering a school for your gifted child I highly recommend Stargate!!
I am pleased to see this school with a rating of 10. Having kids who have to pass an IQ test to get accepted should ensure high test scores. Unfortunately, when my children attended there was so much seat work and homework that they didn't enjoy school or have time after school for other activities. I moved my kids to a school that is more well rounded. I am pleased to see that above all else, my children are enjoying learning, instead of dreading school. The teachers were mostly kind and yet seemed to have a lot of pressure on them as well as passing it onto the kids.
My child attended regular public school for K and 1st grades. She switched to Stargate for 2nd grade, and it has made all the difference. Stargate is really tailored to gifted kids, and they know how to work with these kids. The teachers and staff are awesome, and are caring and involved. Are there problems, of course there are, no school is perfect. But I can definitely say that Stargate has really helped my daughter to grow and expand way more than she would have in regular public school.
Oh no. Another change in administration for Stargate. They just can't seem to keep a principal for very long. The current vice principal only worked as a gym teacher for 9 months. Perhaps they are looking in the wrong place for leadership? Good luck to them. I'm putting my kids back in our local school. Stargate is not a happy place.
I couldn't be happier with this school. It allows the children to learn at their own pace, in an appropriate level of literacy and math. The teachers and staff are fantastic and caring. The school makes a great effort to let these exceptional children learn in an environment just for them - but also allows these children to grow up in an environment that embraces childhood as well. There are plenty of parties, field trips, events, and sports for everyone.
My child Loves all of the opportunities he has. The 3rd and 4th graders learned about Economics and not only was this amazing project fun and engaging but the Parents were invited to come in and Shop the products the students created. My high school student did not learn this much about economics! The Staff, Administration and School Is amazing! They still have athletics for 6th-8th and the Community events are So Much Fun!!! I just wish there was a school like this when I was a kid!
Duped! I made the mistake of transferring my son in 6th grade (this year) to Stargate. I thought Stargate would be be so much better than the Academy of Charter Schools. I was wrong. My son was in the GT program at the Academy. In 3rd grade he was placed in a 5th grade math class. Last year in 5th grade he actually completed Algebra 1 at the Academy. We decided to move him to Stargate thinking it would be a better fit. We were told during the orientation that they offer higher level math and kids were taking above grade level courses. This does not seem to be true. Stargate does not teach to the child's needs only to their curriculim. My son is now taking pre-algebra because they can't/ won't move him to the middle school for math. He is bored to death. They act like he's the first kid there who can perform above grade level and this is a gifted school where you need a high IQ to attend. They say they are now working on fixing this. It's ridiculous. We are now looking to move our son back to the Academy for 7th grade. He lost a whole year of math knowledge at Stargate. If your child starts out at Stargate you won't truly know what they're capable of.
I love my school! :) The teachers are friendly and understanding. They try to teach in the most fun way possible, whether it's going outside to do some chalk drawings or to watch some movies and take notes. I also love how it has a Band/Orchestra program, and that you can enroll in the program at 5th grade. All the teachers are totally dedicated and awesome. Stargate's an awesome school.
I love that Stargate has such a community of parents and kids. Everyone works so hard to give our kids the best and our Teachers do an amazing job. I always feel my son is being challenged to meet his true potential.
Good teachers and good principal to answer your questions and take of the kids
An incredibly positive environment with a well-rounded and challenging curriculum supported by wonderfully dedicated staff, administration and parents.
My son is physically challenged. At his last school, the teachers let him get away with doing practically nothing. I have to presume it was easier to just let him slide than to give him the effort he really needed to be successful. Since the first day he went to Stargate he has been encouraged to do his best. He was behind his classmates in nearly every category, and was several levels behind in reading. No one there has ever given up on him. He does the same work as any other kid in his class and has very good grades. I have to think that if we had left him in the other school they would have made him 'disabled' by not expecting him to compete with his peers. Moving my son to Stargate was one of the best decisions we ever made!
Why do you love Stargate Charter School? Stargate Charter School is truely a unique school in that it serves the gifted and talented children in our community. The majority of the schools in our district are focused on the large population of children that are ESL or ELL and the children that are below grade level. Stargate is also made up of a staff that genuinely cares about the students and their parents. There really should be more schools like Stargate!
Love the teachers and their emphasis on a balanced education - school can be fun too and not just rigor and work.
My son loves this school and the teachers have been phenomenal. A rigorous education that still keeps the kids excited and engaged.
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