Purpose: S.T.A.R. Academic Center was created and designed to address the needs of students who learn best in non-traditional ways, need more time with teachers, or because of circumstances, are not able to attend regularly. We believe all students deserve a first-rate education, and feel that alternative programs should not be viewed as “less than” traditional high schools.
Design: All programs at S.T.A.R. Academic Center are based on the Arizona State Standards for Education. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the state standards in each class in order to qualify for credit in that course. Continuous enrollment depends on both adequate progress and attendance. No grade below a C is accepted, as we believe that anything less does not demonstrate proficiency in the mastery of the standards. Each student is provided with an advocate who meets with him/her outside of class time to assist in instruction, tutorial, redirection and planning.
The Students Taking Alternatives Routes Training (STAR*t) program is a three-week training session designed to give new (and continuing) students the tools they need to be successful at the STAR Academic Center.
The Connection Center (CC) is part of the orientation to S.T.A.R. The STAR*t students will enroll in two to three CC blocks. During this time they will have the opportunity to do online assessment in reading and math as well as work on the skills needed to pass the AIMS test. The main focus of the CC is to assist students with their ability to succeed, as well as make a personal connection with the staff at S.T.A.R. Academic Center.
Teachers will monitor academic progress. A two-week check will be done on each student to determine if they are on track for earning a quarter-credit in six weeks. A progress check on week four will also be done for the same purpose. Students not on track will be required to attend on Fridays and an intervention will take place.
STAR Academic offers three specialized programs. Unlike S.T.A.R. Academic High School, the following three programs are not open enrollment. Instead, a student must be referred to the program by qualified personnel. For more information on these programs, please contact S.T.A.R. Academic Center.
Achievement Character Excellence (ACE) Middle School
ACE is an accelerated program for young people who have been retained one or more times and are “over age” for the middle school environment. Students have the opportunity to complete both 8th and 9th grades in one school year, with the goal being to help students catch up and graduate from high school with their appropriate age group. A student may be transitioned into high school courses at STAR when the he or she demonstrates mastery of eighth-grade standards.
Successful Alternatives for Education (SAFE)
SAFE provides the opportunity for young people to stay in their local district, rather than be referred out to hospital day-treatment programs. Students are provided a therapeutic learning environment with small instructional groups, a behavior reinforcement program, and therapeutic counseling.
Alternative to Suspension (ATS)
ATS offers an in-school program option for young people with special education needs, who would otherwise be suspended on a long-term basis for violation of drug, weapons, or threats policies. A therapeutic counselor is available to work with students as needed. ATS provides a 45-day program to help students maintain progression in their IEP and assist them in learning how to redirect their behavior so that they may return to their home school.