1. What is the tuition to attend this charter school?
There is no tuition to attend. It is a free public charter school.
2. Who can attend this school?
Star Academy of Toledo is open to any student entering K-8th grade that is residing in Toledo or its surrounding cities in Ohio.
3. Are uniforms required?
Yes, students at Star Academy of Toledo wear uniforms to help create an environment conducive to learning, and focus on those aspects of their personalities that are truly important.
Student uniforms consist of:
Bottoms: Black twill
Tops: White polo shirts (long/short sleeve) or Black STAR polo (order only)
Students are required to have their shirts tucked in with a black belt
4. Where is the school located?
5025 Glendale Avenue, Toledo OH 43615
The school is located at entrance three on Glendale Avenue. Cross streets are Reynolds Avenue and Cass Street behind the former Calvery Church of God.
5. What at are class sizes?
Maximum class size will depend on the grade level. We try to keep Kindergarten at having no more than 20 students. In all other grades, we will try to have a maximum of 25 students.
6. How do you handle discipline?
We aim to avoid discipline issues to begin with. Every student will be required to sign a contract with his or her parents and teacher at the beginning of the year that stipulates that the student will contribute to a positive and constructive learning environment, including not causing disruptions. Also, we have found that students are less likely to be disruptive when they are enjoying themselves, and our curriculum provides that enjoyment.
7. Are parents allowed to participate in their child’s learning experience?
We strongly encourage parental involvement at home, and we also encourage parents to volunteer at the school. We will also have Paragon Nights after each teaching unit. Parents will be notified when they can come to the school and see their students perform and demonstrate what they have learned in that period.
8. What type of volunteer activity is expected of parents?
Parents are asked to volunteer in areas that meet their skills and interests. The specific tasks will vary widely from reading to Kindergarten students, helping in the lunch room, aiding in office duties, afternoon pick up, to name a few.
9. Can I come to the school and observe my child’s class?
Absolutely! We encourage parental involvement.
10. Are the school’s teachers qualified?
Yes, we are looking for excellent teachers. If you are interested in a position, please click here.
11. Do you teach foreign language?
We incorporate other cultures in our Paragon teaching.
12. My child has special needs. How do you provide for specialized services like speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc?
Special arrangements will be made to provide these services within the school setting pursuant to the child’s Individualized Educational Plan.
13. What makes the Star Academy of Toledo different?
- A safe environment where high student achievement is THE focus of the school
- A rigorous educational program that combines core fundamentals with the arts
- A special focus on reading, writing, and math
- Paragon social studies program engages students and incorporates art, music, and dance into learning.
- A longer school day which lengthens the school year
- Music, art, and physical education instruction for ALL students in all grade levels
14. How do you handle the standardized state tests? Are these administered as they are in the local public schools?
Students will take the OHIO Assessment test just like any other public school. We will participate in the same tests and use this data to help develop our school improvement plan to move the school to continuously higher levels of achievement. In addition, students will take a national norm-referenced test (i.e. the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and Performance Series) to determine academic progress during the school year.
15. Why should parents be confident that the school’s curriculum would help children excel on the state’s standardized tests?
Parents should feel confident that the school’s curriculum would help a child excel on the state standardized test because our curriculum is aligned to the state standards and benchmarks. It is also important to know that the school will use the Grade Level Content Expectations that have been put out by the state for English Language Arts and Math.
16. How does your method of instruction address the variety of learning styles?
Our proprietary curriculum (Paragon) is one of many tools used to tap into the students’ multiple intelligences. We will also use Personalized Student Achievement Plans to help clarify and focus on the attainment of specific academic and social goals.
17. What are the “Personalized Student Achievement Plans” and how are they determined?
Each student has a Personalized Student Achievement Plan (PSAP). This plan is a document that the student (if age-appropriate), parents and teacher complete. The teacher, to individualize instruction, uses all information gathered on this document. This document helps in the goal setting process as well as the collection of student data. Every quarter, the parent, teacher, and child will review this PSAP.
18. What is a typical daily schedule?
Generally, a typical daily schedule is as follows:
7:30 a.m. School is open for students to eat breakfast
8 a.m. School day begins
8 – 10:00 a.m. Literacy – Reading and Writing
10 – 11:30 a.m. Mathematics
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch – exact time depends on section, each lunch last one half hour
12 – 1 p.m. Hands on Science
1 – 2:30 p.m. Paragon Curriculum – Integrated study of world cultures that incorporates
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Physical Education or Music
3:30 p.m. Dismissal
19. Do you have a preschool?
No, currently we do not have a preschool.