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Welcome to the STAR School’s Website!

The STAR (Service to All Relations) School is a charter elementary school located 25 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona, near the Southwest corner of the Navajo Nation.  The school serves students from preschool through grade 8 who live in a large rural area that includes Leupp, Tolani Lake, and parts of Flagstaff.  Class sizes are limited to allow for individual attention, and we have a waiting list each year. Families are encouraged to enroll students early to reserve a place.

The STAR School’s vision is to create a joyful learning community in which members develop the character, skills and attitudes for understanding themselves, living in balance, and serving all our relations.

We agree with the evidence that small community schools can deliver a superior education.  We have set out to be a model of how that can be done even in a community with few jobs, no public utilities, and high drop-out rates.

Sustainable living is a way of life intrinsic to the community which the school serves.  The STAR School promotes self-reliance, alternative building methods, and energy sources such as solar and wind power.  The school also hosts workshops about our unique curriculum, sustainable living, place-based education, culturally responsive education, technology and the arts.  Contact us if you are interested in our workshops.

STAR School 2012 Festival of Da’nest’aah (Harvest): Honor the Farmer

This event was made possible by a grant from The First Nations Development Institute to the STAR School.  This short was filmed by STAR Middle School Students and Alumna Kira Butler, photography by Kate Sorensen and Louva Montour, edited by Rachel Tso. Music is Memories of the Fall by Skychasers. For non-commercial, educational purposes only.

STAR Energy

A student made documentary short about Solar and Wind Energy at the STAR School, the country’s first off grid, solar / wind powered charter school in the country; located on the edge of the Southwestern Navajo Nation. Filmmaking by 7th/8th grade students, Kira Buter, Joshua Gregg, Donovan Warren, and Tyrail Smith. Produced by Media Arts Educator Rachel Tso as a demonstration of integrating Place-Based Education with Media Literacy.


A U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 2012 Winner



An Ashoka Changemaker School



Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine “Coolest Schools in America.”



Community Model Award 2012 Coconino County Sustainable Building Program