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About STAR School

The STAR School is a charter elementary school located 25 miles East of Flagstaff, Arizona. The school serves students from pre-school through grade 8 who live in the Southwest corner of the Navajo Nation and the surrounding rural area.

The STAR School opened in August of 2001 with 23 students in grades 1-6. By the beginning of 2010 we reached our maximum of 130 students pre-school through 8th grade. Class sizes are limited in size to allow for individual attention.

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.

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.

Commitments among administrators, teachers, students and parents are emphasized to clarify what responsibilities each of us have. When we each do our part, we have confidence that the educational goals of the students and their families will be achieved.

The Star School promotes self-reliance, alternative building methods, and energy sources such as solar and wind power. The school also hosts workshops about sustainable living, food sovereignty, celebration of Navajo traditions and other cultures, technology, and the arts. Check our calendar or contact us if you are interested in our workshops.