Advancing Two Grades in a Single Year
Star Academy was designed to promote academically-behind, over-aged students two grade levels in a single year – in most cases, catching them up to their former peers – for a powerful boost in self-esteem.
Since 2014, five Star Academy programs in rural Mississippi have seen retention rates rise to 92%, while 84% of enrollees advanced two grade levels in a single year.
Boosting Retention and Graduation Rates
National statistics state that on average, 90% of students who fail one year will ultimately drop out. Star Academy data shows a dramatically improved rate of retention. Over the years, the program has documented a remarkable 95% retention rate among held-back students, reversing the 90% drop-out rate.
George County, Mississippi
Since implementing Star Academy, schools in George County, Mississippi have seen tremendous improvement in their graduation rate – from 67% at the inception of the program to 95% in 2020, earning George County the fourth-highest graduation rate in the state.
MOBILE COUNTY SCHOOLS
ESCAMBIA COUNTY SCHOOLS
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOLS
Three county school districts in Alabama were struggling to keep students moving ahead and graduating. Since introducing Star Academy, they’ve reported astounding rates of students either awarded diplomas or “on track to graduate.”
Lifting Test Scores and Grades
Star Academy students participate in all mandated standardized testing and consistently see impressive spikes in their test scores, instilling pride and self-confidence.
Berrien County, Georgia
Since implementing the Star Academy program, schools in Berrien County, Georgia have experienced impressive standardized test score improvements.
In addition, they have reported a striking 71% increase in student attendance rates, and in 2020, that 98% of its Star Academy completers were still in school and on-track to graduate.
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Improving Discipline and Responsibility
Star Academy students typically display striking improvements in responsibility and behavior, with absenteeism and disciplinary referrals reduced by nearly 90%.
The Pathways School
With their Star Academy program up and running, Mobile’s Pathway School experienced an 89% decrease in absenteeism and an 88% drop in disciplinary referrals after only three months of the program as compared to the prior year.
Before - 4450%
After - 510%
Before - 1930%
After - 280%
National Dropout Prevention Center
3-Time Winner, Crystal Star Award Recipient
Star Academy’s remarkable success in dropout prevention has won the program three Crystal Star Awards from the National Dropout Prevention Center. This elite recognition goes only to intervention programs proven to dramatically improve graduation rates.