Developing the "Whole" person...

On the last Saturday of each month, an accomplished artist educator teaches students art for one hour. Some past projects include landscape painting, printmaking, portrait painting, collage, mixed media, scratch art and pattern design painting. Additionally, twice during the school year, a published poet teaches students the art of poetry writing. In March of each year S.T.A.R.S. hosts a poetry event where the students recite their original works before an audience of community members, family and friends.


  • Math and English Reinforcement: S.T.A.R.S. Academy seeks to empower students to master the fundamentals of Math and English. The Academy currently uses over 15 certified teachers who provide group and one-on-one instruction on a weekly basis.
  • Science Curriculum: Experiential and applied learning lessons based on the N.C. Course of Study for all grades taught by Mad Science.
  • Arts Curriculum: S.T.A.R.S. focuses on visual art and poetry as tools for academic reinforcement and self-exploration. The program culminates with a public exhibition.
  • Financial Literacy: Students acquire tips and tools for saving, budgeting, and investing from finance professionals. The program culminates with a two-month long stock market competition.
  • Public Speaking: S.T.A.R.S. utilizes a public speaking coach to help students learn how to communicate in diverse situations.
  • Critical Thinking: Students build critical thinking and logic skills by participating in a mock trial workshop taught by members of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • Career Exploration: S.T.A.R.S. aims to ensure that its students will gain the skills necessary to experience a lifetime of success by introducing them to various career fields and guest speakers.
  • Study Skills: Students learn techniques to maximize their comprehension and retention of material.


  • The program helps students in grades 3-8 increase their performance on End of Grade tests.
  • Students in grades 3-5 meet on Mondays and Wednesdays; and students in grades 6-8 attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • The Boot Camp provides four (4) hours of math and reading to each child per week, totaling 36 hours of free additional instruction per child.

Areas of Focus