"Star Elementary is best known for being a community rich school. "
Students enrolled 513
Hours 9:10 AM - 3:40 PM
School leader Carla Karnes
Transportation options Yes
District Meridian Joint District

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700 North Star Rd
Star, ID 83669

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(208) 855-4110
(208) 855-4119
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4 stars
Based on 27 ratings

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September 02, 2014
This school has truly exceeded my expectations in providing a valuable learning environment for my children. They use technology tools with engaging teaching instruction that truly surpass other schools which makes me question the GreatSchools Rating that Star Elementary has received. I think it needs to be re-evaluated. The principal and teachers truly care for their students and it shows. As a parent that has always been concerned about my children getting an excellent education I have not been disappointed at all. Great job to everyone at Star Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Based on the new State of Idaho 5 Star rating program that takes into account the bigger picture of a schools qualifications Star is rated a 2 out of 5 for 2012-2013 school year. A 1 or 2 school means that an improvement plan is required by the State. (https://apps.sde.idaho.gov/Accountability/Content/files/StarRatings2012-2013.pdf )

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2014
I have lived in two states and when looking for a school decided to see what this site had to offer. Using the tool you provide I took notes and checked off all that Star had to offer and looked for missing items. Star met and surpassed the evaluation sheet. I observed teachers engaged in working with students using a variety of materials and groups. As I looked at this and a few other schools the climate at Star and the evidence I witnessed of relevant instruction and positive interactions made it clear that this is where my children belong. I also viewed the video on this site and find it interesting that you put such emphasis on testing when materials you promote for evaluating a school point out that tests are a very small and often inaccurate view of a school. The rating is misleading and not very meaningful.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
This school is amazing. Why is this rating so inaccurate? Under test scores form 2012 it uses only 84 students? This makes NO sense. PLEASE know this school is a wonderful place! The kids coming from here are very well prepared students. The more a parent is involved with their kid and teachers...the happier everyone is. Keep up the great work staff and students.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
Star Elementary is a fantastic school. They utilize technology in an effective way, the teachers engage the kids in creative projects. The P.E. program and music offerings are great. We are new to Star Elementary this year and in comparison to our prior school, Star is exemplary and has been an amazing blessing to my kids lives and education.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Our family moved to Star last year, from out of state; We have two children attending Star Elementary. We were pleased with our prior school, but I will tell you that the care, attention and involvement of the Star Elementary Teachers, Staff, and Principal is second to none. In very few places will you find teachers that work well beyond the "bells", weekends and welcome parent involvement. Our daughter's first grade teacher even set up time very early in the morning to help a few children read more proficiently. Our other daughter's third grade teacher consistently finds new ways to challenge her class, keeping many inquiring minds interested and engaged. Overall, we have been so happy with the level of education, attitude and sincerity. Schooling is a partnership, and we have certainly found a great partner in Star Elementary .

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Star Elementary is a diamond in the rough. Though the building itself has been around for many years and portables are necessary to accommodate all the students, what happens inside the buildings is a treasure! Star began utilizing technology before it was "the" thing to do. Classrooms are equipped with iPod touches, iPads, document cameras, and the school has Apple TV as well as a "magic room" equipped with interactive smart boards. Though the technology is awesome, what truly sets Star apart are the staff who make it all possible. The teachers seem to work as team and collaborate. The Principal appears to be intimately involved in the day to day workings of the school and has always had time to discuss any concerns or questions I have had as a parent. Star Elementary also fosters a sense of community for the students, not just by school sponsored events but by partnering with the City of Star through the Parks and Rec department. There are several choices for schools in our area, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, etc and though many of them have a good reputation, Star Elementary truly represents the community of Star and is a great choice!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Both of my children attended Star Elementary from Kindergarten through 6th grade. I now have childcare children who attend Star Elementary. I have enjoyed the group effort with each teacher/teachers. Star Elementary is a good learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
We have felt honored to have the teachers our children have received. Children are challenged, technology explored, and a sense of community is felt. The PE teacher is phenomenal and she has even created a track club on the new track. The music teacher is dynamite and donates his mornings before school to teach band to fifth graders. My child has a new love for music. Many teachers spend either mornings or afternoons on their time to have tutor clubs. I'm so glad that my children have had the opportunity to have Star be a part of their childhood

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
Very disappointing! Moved here in the beginning of the 2013/2014 school year. The safety of children is very concerning. As you walk in, the office is on one side and classrooms are on the left, just 6 ft from the front door. As a new parent, I was able to walk right in on numerous occasions, and walk all the way to the other end of the school, no questions asked. I have 2 children enrolled and I am not impressed. The teachers they have are enthusiastic and patient, but do not seem to know how to keep my kids challenged. They are VERY bored. Worse than that, the bullying is out of control! I have one child (along witha few other kids in her class) who have been bullied by not only a couple of trouble making girls, but by their moms as well, for the last 6 weeks. From what I understand, these bullies have quite a track record. The advice we have gotten from the teacher and counselor is to "ignore them". The administration here really needs to be more proactive with SAFETY, including bullying. Also, being able to challenge students of all learning levels.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
I have to admit I was worried about enrolling my children into a small town school but like the saying goes, "never judge a book by its cover!" The principal and teachers are an awesome, hardworking team! My husband and I have never seen a more involved, patient, and kind principal. My kids struggle a little in the academic arena and there were meetings with my husband and me on a consistent basis to make sure both my children were excelling. The teachers and I were in constant communication which made me feel like they cared. I agree with the parent comment before me, Star Elementary IS the best kept secret!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
Star Elementary School is the best kept secret of the Meridian-Joint School District. We have been to other Elementary schools within Idaho and the Seattle area and have found that Star is our favorite and the best. The teachers are refreshing with their love for teaching and the energy to keep all their students happy and learning in a wonderful environment. The best thing about Star Elementary is the smaller community that feeds into the school. The school is small which gives all the children a very personable feeling when they enter the school doors. The feeling of family and community is very strong and we are happy that we have stayed with this school instead of feeding into the magnet schools that try and make the parents "think" there children are getting a better education. The Star staff and principle go out of their way with each student and the overall atmosphere of the school is that of quality, kindness and achieving the best.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
It doesn't seem like this website iss very current because Star Elementary is ROCKING IT! It is so awesome having all this technology to help us teach. It really motivates the students in their practice of important concepts. What I like most is that we, as a school, set a goal to get technology and then made it happen. Way to Go-What a TEAM!

- submitted by a teacher
March 17, 2013
The highly qualified staff at Star Elementary strives to maintain a well-balanced community atmosphere. Teachers collaborate consistently with each other, students, and families. We expect great achievement and support each student in growing academically as much as possible. In addition, teachers work to secure many grants and community partnerships to enrich the learning environment. One major benefit of this extra effort is the recent implementation of the Star Technology Project. Students enjoy access to computers, hand-held devices, and web-based programs at home and at school. These serve to enhance learning and instill critical 21st Century thinking skills. This is a school which values progressive ideas, while maintaining high expectations for all students.

- submitted by a teacher
March 04, 2013
Such a disappointment. We transferred to a MUCH better school after my oldest son's 4th year, and my youngest 1st year. Both had to work extra hard to get caught up from not learning what they should have at Star..... If you child is a robot, you won't have any problems. If you child doesn't fit the expected mold of a Star student, they probably won't do very well or get the assistance they need. Of the 4 years my son attended, he only had 1 excellent teacher who truely inspired him. If you have the opportunity to go elsewhere, do!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
I have had 4 kids at this school. My oldest has been there since 2nd grade until going onto middle school. We have had some fabulous teachers and a few not so great ones, but I believe every school has a few to deal with. I have approached the principal a few times about issues and she has been more than willing to help me out. The office staff and school nurse are so kind and caring. They know the kids by name and they know many of the parents by name. (At least those that show up and the school here and there.) Get involved with your kids education and you will not be disappointed at Star Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
Star elementary has really been a struggle for my 2 boys! They used to love school, but since moving here last year, they cry every morning and have really lost a lot of self confidence in themselves. Some teachers are great, but others leave a lot to be desired. The principal is not nice to the students. She definitely plays favorites and, according to my kids, she is nice when adults are around, but very unpleasant when it's just kids. Office manager is very controlling. I could go on and on. We have been in 4 different elementary schools over the years and I have never been so disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2011
Hats off to the dedicated teachers & staff of our hometown school. Their loyalty and teamwork has really made elementary education successful for so many students . Both of my children have become responsible learners and developed well socially from their leadership. A huge thank you to the parent- booster organization and Carla, whose dedication has allowed the school to advance technologically more than we ever thought possible.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
I have been involved with Star Elementary for 4 years. The principle and teachers we have had have all been very involved and receptive. The office staff is very friendly and helpful. I volunteer regularly at the school and am a part of the Boosters. I wish there were more parent participation in both of these areas. The technology in place at this school is phenomenal thanks to the priciple and some awesome grant writing and the help of the Boosters. The test scores prove that our school is doing a good job. The state budget cuts and lack of funding have caused some changes in extracurricular activities, such as fieldtrips. They have also caused our teachers to do more with less. Thank you Star Elementary for caring about our kids and going above and beyond!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2011
Star Elementary is awesome! I just heard about this website, and I had to sign in and sing praises for our great school. My children all began at Star Elementary in Kindergarten and we've been there 6 years now. It has been a very positive and challenging learning environment. I've been involved in their classrooms and with the Boosters. Our prinicipal is a huge advocate for the school, and she cares deeply for her students and her staff. Our teachers and staff are there because they love what they do, and it shows. Even with all the budget cuts, our school stands above the rest in our district when it comes to technology. Our technological teaching tools include LCD projectors and document cameras in each classroom, iPads for each 4th & 5th grade student and iPod Touches for the primary grades. These are teaching tools - not substitutes for our amazing teachers. You would be lucky to have your child attend Star!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
Star Elementary is an excellent elementary school! I have 2 children who started kindergarten here and we've been at this school for 6 years. I have been an involved volunteer both in their classrooms each year with the teachers and students, as well as with the Booster Club (PTO) benefiting the school as whole. It is a great place to get involved and the principal is always willing and eager to hear new ideas that would benefit the students and/or staff. Straight from my 5th graders mouth..."Mom, I've had the BEST LIFE EVER at Star Elementary". It doesn't get any better than that as a parent!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
Teachers are great! Principal is not warm or approachable in working with parents. More of a manager as opposed to an educational leader. Not receptive to concerns at the parent level; not especially open to dialog regarding educational issues. Friendly demeanor, but it's her way or "No way!"

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
My daughter did so well in her previous school - but unfortunately this school has been a big disappointment. The principle is uninvolved and the teacher seems to have little ability to manage behavior positively.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
Wouldn't send my kids anywhere else. Great leadership and communication from both the principal and the teachers. My kids are perfectly placed each year with the teacher that will work with them the best.

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June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2008
I think that this is a great school. I don't know what other parents are saying when they think that the test scores are bad and the teachers as well. My children have and are at Star and the test scores show that the teachers are well qualified and doing everything they can to see their students succeed. Maybe some of these parents should be more envolved in their child's education. It is a team effort.

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July 22, 2008
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June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 23, 2008
I have two children at this school and am very disappointed with it. My younger child's teacher is always at her desk having the kids silently reading all of the time while she is on the computer, or comes late to class. My older child's teacher does the same thing. I am at the school a lot and am very disappointed with the lack of teaching that I am seeing and the test scores show it.

- submitted by a parent
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Star Elementary School
700 North Star Rd, Star, ID  83669
(208) 855-4110
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