The current academic performance and End of Grade (EOG) test scores of underserved Charlotte-area students is dismally low. Most of these students either do not have exposure to cultural enrichment activities, such as art, career-development and life skills, or their access to academic resources and professionals after school hours is limited. A majority of the students served by S.T.A.R.S. live below the poverty level in single-parent households and struggle with Hyperactivity Disorder, academic underperformance, poor peer relations, high rates of unexcused absences and grade retention.
Driven by community need
Unfortunately, over-streatched area resources cannot fully focus on this need and most organizations that do struggle to create a proven success model that leads to a predictable student outcome.
Driven by need, the S.T.A.R.S. program is a proven learning system to enrich students in critical subjects like math, English, and reading through a curriculum based on the North Carolina Course of Study and with the guidance of experienced professionals. S.T.A.R.S. administers activities in complementary areas, including art, poetry, public speaking, and investing, as led by a group of professionals with experience in each field. In addition, this system provides mentorship, strong role models, and additional tutoring through a dedicated staff of volunteers that include both banking professionals and educators. This is proven through the fact that the top three finishers in last year’s stock market competition had portfolios with returns of 19%, 17%, and 15%.
The primary objective of the S.T.A.R.S. Academy is to empower students to master the basics of Math and English. S.T.A.R.S. teachers accomplish this objective through structured reinforcement of basic Math and English skills. The students are divided into three sections – small group sessions for students in grades 3 through 5, grades 6 through 8 and grades 9 through 12. There is also one-to-one tutoring for youth of all ages who need homework assistance or who require additional attention in specific core areas as identified by that student’s teacher or parent. In addition to that, our instructors are keen on providing cultural enrichment and financial literacy classes for a successful future.
A dedicated team
Our staff is a dedicated set of professionals, volunteers, and licensed teachers who work hard to achieve goals with a solid return. For further information about our teachers, please contact us for bios, teacher information, profiles and statistics.
As a result of our system, these collaborative students grade and test score performance level is dramatically increased. Their self esteem and diversity of thought is enhanced through fun and competitive learning activities, such as Art Show and stock market competition. Among other great benefits include the fact that through our academy even parents leave better prepared to support their kids through participation in seminars provided by Parent University. The topics of these seminars include:
Preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences
EOG (End of Grade) Prep
We seek to realize the success potential of our community’s children by making this work our first priority. Here is what some of the parents have to say about the Academy:
"Thank you so much for working with my children every Saturday and especially during the EOG test. Domonique has all 4s and Carlton has a 3 and 4. They both will be moving on to 4th grade and 8th grade. Thank you again for caring about my children’s education. I will keep you and Maureeen posted on great news. From the bottom of my heart we really appreciate you and all the tutors."
"I wanted to let you know that Jaquan received two A’s and three B’s on his report card he will be going to the 6th grade. The S.T.A.R.S. program does a wonderful job with helping the kids, and I just want to thank you and all the volunteers for everything you do. I know you all do not hear this a lot from the parents but the program does make a difference and I am very appreciative. I hope you have a great summer and will see you next school year."