I am a former teacher at SIA. Just FYI they tell their staff to post positive comments online... enough said. Parents PLEASE do your research before sending your child to one of Hamadeh's schools.
Star International Academy is a great school. My kids were there since kindergarten. In reply to all other parents I must say that it is the safest school for kids and I would never move my kids away because of the constant monitoring to the students. The staff are very responsible and they take safety of our kids seriously. The teachers are doing their best to provide students with the knowledge and information. They have to deal with the rude and disrespectful students everyday and nothing stops them from moving on. You know what let see when you move your kids to a different school how you are going to feel when they come home with drugs. Thank you very much Ms. Nawal Hamadeh for everything you do and to all other staff in all schools.
Below average. Lacking leadership. Classrooms expanding every year and so are the prices. Sad as it was once a lovely little school.
I was a student at sia for five years. the IB program isn't that special it's just a bunch of unnecessary work that students and teachers have to suffer through. Arabic class was the biggest joke ever. I didn't learn a thing the teacher spent the whole hour yelling at students for no apparent reason. there are no extracurricular activities. THE BULLYING IS TREATED LIKE A JOKE THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE THEY SAID THEY COULDNT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO Go THROUGH WHAT I WENT THROUGH. at my new school I made plenty of friends and I signed up for ap and honors classes that STAR DOES NOT HAVE. as the year went on I realized I was very far behind in math and science I had to get special one on one time with teachers to get caught up with all the other students I had missed out on a year of material thanks to star. I also signed up for countless after school clubs that star DOES NOT HAVE INCLUDING AN ANTIBULLYING PROGRAM. the counselors at star were just there to get paid they didn't care about the students. the administrators were a joke all they did was walk around and yell at students for no reason. this school was very much like a prison do not send your child here.
I worked at SIA for one year. I declined the next contract. After SIA, I decided I didn't want to be a teacher anymore at all. Soon I began to realize that not all schools are like this school, and found my passion for teaching again at a public school. Because of the administration and the way the teachers are dealt with by these administrators, it makes it impossible to attempt any creative teaching methods. Not only this, but there is an obvious mistreatment of teachers by way of paperwork and monthly hour long observations followed by lengthy conversations about everything that teacher is doing wrong, which in other schools would be celebrated (ie new teaching ideas/communication). My administrator had no knowledge of the subject she was observing and often made incorrect judgments. She was not qualified at all. The staff is forced to review the school positively online, and test their students so often that there is less time for teaching. Mtgs are lectures, and students are not held accountable for their actions. They were not allowed to get an F for missing work, so they never learned responsibility. Their behavior went without consequence when referred by the teacher.
As a staff member here at Star I know that the teachers are doing everything they can to see our students succeed. We are fully adopting the International Bachelorette program to teach our students skills they will need in the modern workplace. We are doing everything within our power to make this school and our students something to be proud of.
As a teacher at Star International Academy, I consider that we have Highly Qualified teachers, hardworking teachers, and great team spirit!
As a staff member in Star I highly recommend it, it s one of the hard working schools. We offer different programs that would attract students and would enhance their knowledge. We are proud of what we offer and will work hard to build knowledgeable generation
As a teacher I can say that the eduacators in this school are doing everything in their power to make sure the students have the skills they need to make it past high school and into college and the workforce. We are an IB school with high standards for the students.
The staff at Star is very highly qualified, We attend a great deal of PD's throughout the year to ensure the best strategies are being used in the classroom.
Star international academy. As a teacher at star academy I want to respond to parents that are saying that teachers do not communicate with parents, Thank you for your comment, but i would like to let you know that we try to call home all the time and parents never respond to our calls. Parents play a big role in the learning process of their kids and if they do not support we can not succeed. As for people that are talking about boyfriends and girlfriends, we live in a western society and we do no live under the rock , we teach teenagers our culture but this is part of growing up. We ca not monitor what students do outside of school and parents have to monitor what their kids are doing. if you do not like the school than you need to go outside and experience other schools to know the difference between our school and other schools.
Teachers are some of the most hardest working I have seen. They truly go above and beyond for their students and are very knowledgeable about the subject matter. There are many extracurricular events students can participate in and helps foster the child at a holistic level.
The teachers and administrators at Star International Academy are very passionate and greatly dedicated to student achievment and success.
I am a parent at this school and honestly, I love this school. The teachers are open and honest and they make expectations clear from the get go. The school follows the National Common Core Standards what every school is required to do by next year. They are ahead a game!!!!
Star has a great early childhood program and the students are put through a primary years program that teaches them to be active learners by being risk takers, caring, and responsible.The curriculum is developmentally appropriate and differentiated for individual students. Students are being prepared for the 21st Century with smartboards, laptops, tablets, and e-readers.
As a parent, Most of our students graduate out of high school and they all end up with good scholarships. Our seniors got over 2 million dollars in scholarships even though we only have about 60 seniors. This shows that our school is a good school. Let us be reasonable and stop blaming the teachers, parents and students play a big role in the learning process as well.
The staff and administration here at Star International have created a stress free learning environment for me and the students. With the encouragement and support I am given I feel that I am learning and enforcing something new everyday.
Great school, lots of fun and educational activities, and great teachers. My kids attended Pre K, KG, 1st and 2nd grade. I have to admit, you need to do your homework looking for a good teacher. As any school, there are great teachers and not so good. Overall, I am happy with this school. It is conservative and promotes tolerance and diversity
I highly recommend students and parents to not come to this school. By far, this is the worst school I have ever been to. There is a lack of communication between teachers and students, teachers and administrators, and administrators and parents. Parents have no idea what is going on in the school because of the lack of parent involvement in the school. There are not many extracurricular activities for the students to do. The school only focuses on meaningless issues like students violating the rules and giving them chances instead of the academics. I feel like the school s educational level is not that high because of the constant changes they make. A plethora of students feel like they are lab rats because every year, the school board makes some changes. In the 2010-2011 school years, the school changed from quarters a year to trimesters. In the 2011-2012 school years, the school changed all classes and electives to being yearlong classes. In the 2012-2013 school years, the school changed the entire grading system. Thus, creating many students to have difficulty maintaining the good grades they had from previous years.
Never in my life have I seen a school like this. I've been a student for about 4 years are this school and I have to say this is the worst school I've been to. During my first month the bullying was outrageous and nobody listened. My teacher, I felt, had little to no experience and all. If she did any actual teaching I was absent. The name calling is a major issue at this school and it is never addressed. . The guidance counselors are a joke and the Arabic teacher make the students stop learning all together. The staff is careless and as for the whole IB program it's nothing to be proud of. The learning is slow and I have A's and B's without even trying. The learning in general is below average, and I wouldn't recommend this school to anybody. The uniform is the most uncomfortable fabric and the rules for clothing are strict. I mean you can't even wear your own color jacket or shoes that aren't dark. The administration is a bigger joke, all they do is walk around yelling at people. As for parent involvement it's little to none. The lunch is disgusting. The students never have a good experience and it's too much drama. This is why I am moving to another local high school, sadly.
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