Pillars of Child Development
Star Academy practices a multidimensional approach to child development. We address your child’s academic, social, emotional, physical and global needs. We also believe that children — even at the earliest age — should develop an awareness of the larger community. At Star Academy, students are given meaningful opportunities to apply their emerging talents to enrich the world around them.
Star Academy’s Five Pillars of Child Development are the embodiment of our commitment to holistic education. Over the years, we have held firm to our low student-teacher ratio to ensure that everyone develops to their full potential.
At Star Academy we set goals with high expectations for our students.
Our approach is interdisciplinary. We engage the curriculum in a deep and purposeful manner to ignite students’ passions and create ownership over the learning process. By posing questions and solving problems, students learn to grasp the complexities of our world. At key moments throughout the year, students share their findings with the larger school community.
A school is not just a learning environment, but also a social community where children cultivate the skills and values needed to become successful and responsible citizens.
A school is not just a learning environment, but also a social community where children cultivate the skills and values needed to become successful and responsible human beings. At Star Academy, “social intelligence” is an indispensable part of students’ education.
As a result of our low student-teacher ratio, teachers are able to carefully monitor each child’s progress and foster further growth. Social development takes place in the classroom, the lunchroom, in our hallways and on the playground. Meaningful opportunities are sought out and capitalized on daily.
We encourage students to engage not only with same-aged peers, but also with younger children, older children and adults. They learn the importance of listening actively, reading body language, displaying good manners, and being responsive to the needs of others.
Emotional development begins by helping children cultivate self-confidence and a positive self-image.
Emotional development begins by helping children cultivate self-confidence and a positive self-image. We work diligently to ensure students feel valued for who they are and what they have to offer. This forms the core of healthy social development, high academic pursuit, and ever-increasing self-knowledge.
With a strong emotional foundation, children are better equipped to step outside their comfort zone. take risks. Teachers work closely to build trust with students, then assist them in taking responsible risks without fear of failure, be it a shy child giving a speech in front of the class, or a highly intellectual child taking the lead on an art project.
Ultimately, strong emotional development goes hand in hand with strong character development. Children with high self-esteem greet the world with honesty and integrity. They demand a lot of themselves and expect the same from others. Most of all, they are aware of their potential and have the confidence to pursue their goals.
Global development is our commitment to help students develop awareness of the world around them.
Global development is our commitment to help students develop awareness of the world around them, along with a desire to act in a purposeful and compassionate manner.
Younger students discover that they can have an impact beyond the classroom. As students mature, their sense of the world grows exponentially. Projects are carefully selected to help them explore this world and to empower them to engage in a responsible and caring manner. Projects on pollution, the quality of our soil and the food supply have led to a community garden on our school property.
A critical component of a student’s personal growth is physical literacy. At Star Academy, we believe in a fun, purposeful physical education programme to instill the value of an active and healthy lifestyle.
A critical component of a student’s personal growth is physical literacy. At Star Academy we believe in a fun, purposeful physical education programme to instill the value of an active and healthy lifestyle. A growing body of research also supports a direct positive relationship between physical activity and cognitive development. The more physically active a child is, the more academically successful they will be.
At Star Academy, all students participate in programmed physical education each day. Teachers take the same care in planning these classes as they would any other, setting specific goals for each individual. Our programme involves stretching, cardio, and skill development. We play volleyball, basketball and badminton in our full-size gymnasium, and engage in a variety of outdoor sports on two acres of natural play space. Outside play is especially important – natural light affects both eyesight and mood.
The results of our programme have been outstanding. The benefits include enhanced social and emotional development. Students head out to other classes with greater focus and increased self-esteem, ready to work together in a spirit of collaboration.