At STAR Academy, athletics are an essential part of the overall student experience. We offer a full athletic program to our entire community, with all programs starting in Kindergarten.
STAR Academy adheres to a strict “no-cut” policy (although playing time is at the discretion of coaches). We believe that all students should have the opportunity to experience athletics, regardless of skill level or expertise. Our philosophy is focused on the overall student experience and teaches that there is a place for winning and losing but athletics and competition is about so much more. We pride ourselves on striving to compete at the highest levels, but not at the expense of fair play or exclusion of potential athletes. The overall goal of our interscholastic athletics program is to enhance our core values: excellence, appreciation, grit, leadership, equity, and service.
SOCCER (coming soon)
BASEBALL (coming soon)
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“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” We offer all of our students an opportunity to experience music instruction, both instrumental and vocal music. During the academic year, all of our students will receive instruction in Violin and Voice taught by expert-level Fellows thru a school-community partnership with the Memphis Music Initiative.
Life & Culture Field Trips
“The learning experience must extend far beyond the hallowed halls of our institutions; it must involve the community--near and far.” Students in both Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary embark on Life & Culture Field Trips to the Pink Palace Museum, Cedar Hill Farms, Junior Achievement, University of Memphis, Rhodes College, the State Capitol, Washington, D.C., and beyond. Each year is different, with students always exploring new opportunities off campus.
The study of foreign language at STAR Academy is an integral facet of a student’s overall development as a learner. STAR believes that English language skills improve greatly when a foreign language is simultaneously introduced. In fact, our students are forced to think about the structure and role of language in a whole new way. Development of the English language, as well as a foreign language, is then benefited by starting at a very early age. STAR begins its language instruction with Mandarin being taught in all grades, K-5. Mandarin is the most widely spoken form of Chinese. It is official language in People's Republic China, Hong Kong (which is now once more part of the PRC) and Taiwan.
Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 955 million native speakers worldwide (that’s more than any other language in the world!). This means that by learning Chinese you unlock the potential to speak to over 13% of the world’s total population. Chinese is also one of the 6 official United Nations languages – the others being English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish.
The STAR education promotes active, collaborative learning with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding and developing strong creative, critical, and analytical thinking. Carefully designed learning experiences and curricula are integrated across subjects, draw on powerful, relevant content and student interests, and support the development of internal motivation and a strong voice.
Learning at STAR is rigorous as we believe that all of our students ("eagles") have the ability to soar. With that belief, thinking is emphasized over rote learning, and students are expected to use their knowledge and skills creatively and practically. High expectations of students are coupled with appropriate scaffolding so that students know what to aim for and how to get there. In this way, STAR prepares students to be innovators and achievers who have the flexibility, skills, and inclination to solve problems new and old.
The STAR education begins with a solid grounding in reading, writing, and arithmetic. The reading program uses materials of superior literary quality and stresses comprehension and analysis. Students learn to write with style and discipline under close supervision. The principles of English grammar reinforce proper written and oral expression. Basic mathematical skills are mastered so they become useful tools in solving quantitative problems. Science, geography, and history add significant content to the STAR curriculum, engaging our students in world communities and diverse cultures. Our teaching of history and geography give children a sense of their place in time and space.
Music, Foreign Language, Art, and Physical Education broaden the artistic and cultural horizons of our students, encouraging creativity and self-expression. Our strong, varied physical education and athletic program provides for physical development and fosters good sportsmanship. At STAR, an emphasis is placed on creative thinking and problem-solving. Integral to the STAR program is our belief that teachers help children understand and learn from their mistakes. By requiring students to correct their work, teachers encourage accountability, pride in work, and a sense of accomplishment. The tasks that each STAR student accomplishes engender a greater sense of self-confidence and poise.
Character development and principles of good citizenship are stressed at all ages. Children are encouraged to learn to respect others and are helped to understand how their behavior affects others. These fundamentals have guided years of STAR students and helped them to flourish in middle and secondary school and beyond.
Eureka Math—also known as EngageNY—is a complete, PreK through 12 curriculum that carefully sequences the mathematical progressions into expertly crafted modules. Eureka provides educators with a comprehensive curriculum, in-depth professional development, books, and support materials. Eureka Math connects math to the real world in ways that take the fear out of math and build student confidence—helping students achieve true understanding lesson by lesson and year after year. The material Eureka Math is based on was originally created through a partnership with the New York State Education Department. Their expert review team, including renowned mathematicians who helped write the new standards, progressions, and the much-touted “Publisher’s Criteria,” strengthened an already rigorous development process.
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA)
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) is a comprehensive, preschool through fifth grade program for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking while also building students’ vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, global and American history, and the sciences. In the early grades, CKLA focuses on oral language development through carefully sequenced read-alouds as well as systematic instruction in reading and writing skills. In later grades, CKLA continues to advance students’ knowledge and vocabulary through read-alouds and in-depth discussions while also immersing students in complex texts and advanced writing assignments that draw on the academic content in which they have been engaged in since preschool.
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