My first grader has so much homework every week without let up. They are graded on homework and late homework gets a zero. They are given written tests so frequently that my child who had previously shown interest in reading now has no interest. They are pushing first graders like they are in the fourth grade. It is not ok. I profoundly regret putting my child in this school.
The beginning of the school year was rough with administration in regards to some policies & the younger children. It is now clear that the issues I had with this are beginning to be changed including a new registrar who has proved to make a world of difference. This school has by far made a turn around in my eyes and academically my child is doing A's and B's better than ever!
This is a wonderful school. The small school allows the teachers to be more connected with the students. Free tutoring and clubs allow students whose family is low on money to get more help from their teachers. There is a Math Olympiad club that not only helps students learn more about math, but also have the opportunity to compete with their friends in competitions. There is also a College Mentorship Program (CMP) that helps students prepare for college. In this club you can get an understanding of what you want to do in college, and also prepare for the SAT. All in all, this is a great school that provides students with a great learning experience.
Stars is an excellent small school. It is not selective or exclusive like a small private school. It doesn't have the negative aspect of a large, impersonal public school. The teachers are extremely hardworking and dedicated. My son is a very smart, kid who tests limits and has done so at every school he has attended. The same is true here, but somehow they are teaching him to curb that tendency and he is starting to learn the value of hard work: his own hard work! I love the cross-section of kids in the school. He loves school and appreciates his teachers again, as he did when he was much younger. Other schools had turned him against school and learning. That desire is back and growing!
This is a wonderful school. My daughter is actually learning, not memorizing. I love the interaction that the staff have with both parents and students. The staff and clubs motivate the students to explore subjects. Stars is an A+ school!
I have NOTHING but GREAT things to say about Stars. I have had two children graduate from Stars. My children were in the advanced classes and I feel that their education was very good. My son got a very high score (almost perfect) on the writing FCAT, higher than he had ever gotten at previous schools. The administration is strict, but neither of my children had problems. The teachers worked extra hours to make sure my children would do well on the FCAT. Often my child would go for free tutoring on Saturday for FCAT help. I have never heard of any other school doing this. I am very pleased with my children s time at Stars and would highly recommend the school to others.