There are some great advantages being at Star - small class sizes, K-12th grade curriculum, very involved parents, and a few amazing teachers. It's a great school for parents who can put forth the amount of time needed to help their student(s) with homework, etc because that is the only way for a child to be successful at this school. However, the atmosphere is less than desirable. The many involved parents are entitled and demanding and, among the teachers, there are very few who go above and beyond what they consider their "duties" to students (in other words not many "invested" teachers), especially among the much younger grade levels. It's a disconnected feeling you notice when you are there but a place great for that homeschooling family looking for a little more. Just don't expect to be "wow"ed - other than with the new school building.
My daughters have been attending Star Charter School for 4 years. We love Mr. Simon and Mrs. Richardson. They have been very instrumental in my girls learning. I hope to see my kids graduate from SCS in the future. I hope they NEVER open up the class sizes, because that is where things will change.
I am a new parent that just enrolled my child in star (he was previously homeschooled). I found that I really enjoyed the feel and friendliness of the campus when we visited. You don't feel the need to dress your child in expensive clothes in order to fit in. The school is exemplary, but my son has been far ahead academically so we do supplement at home. So far it has been an enjoyable experience and we love the afternoon session.
We have been highly disappointed in this school so far this year. We will not be sending our son here next year. I am not even sure if we will continue until the end of this year.
Star is great for challenging yourself. If you know you need harder classes, or just want to try to better your education then Star is the place for you.
Star is an educational gem, which allows teachers to teach the students instead of just drilling them with TAKS test items. The faculty is happy, which is a great sign of 'strong bones'. The administration, captained by a wonderful Texas dynamo, has injected integrity and professionalism into a wonderful learning community that lacked strong leadership in the past. The campus, which will soon be moving to a new building, promotes a small, close-knit community of learners. The students are respectful and hard-working. Teachers are kind, supportive, and determined to see their students succeed. The only downside is that the current campus is 'less than desirable'. However, the principal demands a secure setting for the students, leaving me confident that my children are in good hands. A brand-new school building is in the works and should open by next fall. Star's TEA 'Exemplary' rating speaks for itself.
I have mixed emotions on Star. My child has been going there for many years, I'm concerned about some of the highschool teachers. Mrs. Hall is new, and my daughter loved her, she did a great job teaching algebra. My child did very well on the TAKS test thanks to her help and wonderful teaching skills! Dr. Domel is another good teacher who has been a big blessing to us! I'm concerned about some of the other teachers temperments. I don't know if I'm going to leave my child in this year or not. We'll just have to see!
When it's only a few weeks to summer break and the kids start complaining that they don't want school to end, you know you have them at the right place! The principal is serious about keeping Star shining bright. The teachers are upbeat and inspiring. The student body consists of the best groups of kids I've ever seen. And, the new school building is due to open in October. I couldn't be more pleased!!!
This school has been such a blessing to our family. Our son, while getting burned out in a public school, now embraces learning. The educators are top-notch. The Principal is professional and taking the school to a higher level. I find some of the negative views interesting....example-the classrooms are capped at 15 kids per class. That can not change when we move to a new building. It's part of our charter!
My husband and I could not be happier with the school, the teachers, the administration, or the excellent education our boys are receiving. Our kids have been there for 4 years and they are learning and loving it. The teachers all care about their students, current and past, and are always willing to help them. The change in administration has been wonderful. Changes have been made that were necessary, and sometimes it takes stepping back and looking at the whole picture to fullu understand and appreciate why the changes were made. The new school is a wonderful facility that can provide more opportunities for students as well as for parents who may wish to volunteer. The larger school does not change the teacher/student ratio, there will still only be a maximum of fifteen students per class. Star has been a blessing to our family.
The new leadership is providing what Star Charter has needed for years...Leadership. There have been parents and faculty that have fallen under the false assumption that they are at a private school that they run. In many cases in recent years that has been sadly true. That chaff is being blown to wind. The new building will be a blessing and a magnet to draw students and educators to this excellent program.
The school's principal is not providing the leadership that is needed. Teachers are ruling the school. Some teaches are good, but others do whatever they want and are not good role models for the students. The principal is not responsive to parents's concerns.
Very disappointed in this school. The principal could care less about the safety of the children. There are a few great teachers and a few terrible teachers. I would rather homeschool my kids then have them attend this school. It's dirty and nothing what I expected.
Star is going down hill fast. The new principal is changing the schools mission. Also they are planning to open into a new, much larger building and start taking in a lot more students next year. This is going to be our last year at this school.
Star is an outstanding school with staff and teachers that care about the children. The new principal has come under a lot of fire because she has made decisions that have been needed for a long time. For example, parents expressed safety as a #1 priority and then some were hostile towards the administration when new safety practices were put into place because it forced them to make an effort to socialize with their friends. Star is a high achieving academic school that is designed to prepare their students for a successful future. As Star grows, it will change, but one thing will always remain the same - high standards will be taught to and held with the utmost regard!
My experience has been that the new principal is nice until you go to her with issues or concerns, and she seemingly does not do what is in the best interest of the students or families. I no longer believe my children are safe at Star Charter.
Dr. Rue Domel is a shining example of what a great educator should be. Her experience as a classroom educator, administrator, parent, and student must be the reason she is able to reach and teach every student who crosses her path. Every student - regardless of academic ability - every student. My daughter and son have her personal cellular phone number so that they can phone her anytime they encounter difficulties in math or science. My daughter phoned her just last night. They spend 30 minutes on the phone -geometry!! Would your daughter's teacher do that? She sets and expects a high level of achievement for her students and herself. Incredible woman.
I was one the original 5 students that started this school in 1995 when I was in fifth grade. I graduated from here in May of 2004 and I can honestly say that if it had not been for this school, I probably never would have made the honor roll my senior year. Students are treated with respect and given every opportunity to excel in whatever they set their minds to. Dr. Domel was ready and willing to help you with any problems, whether you were in her classes or not. Ms Green (now Mrs. Bennet) was always finding new ways to engage students and make sure that we were responsible. Ms. Hamid (now Mrs. Greenwell) was an inspiring teacher somehow finding ways to make the most boring subjects interesting. Mr. Barnetts passion for math made class easy, even for the math challenged like me.
Mixed bag with teachers this year - one of my students has a great teacher and the other one has a poor teacher. Small class size is nice.
Great school. Your child will enjoy students who actually want to go to school. Entry is limited.
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