The STAR School
The STAR 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 in pre-school through grade 8 who live in a large rural area that includes Leupp and Tolani Lake.
The STAR School opened in August of 2001 with 23 students in grades 1 through 6. By the beginning of 2010 we reached our maximum of 130 pre-school through 8th grade students. Class sizes are limited in size to allow for individual attention, and we have a waiting list each year. Families are encouraged to enroll students early to reserve a place.
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, high drop-out rates, and a history of conflict between governmental institutions and the people they are supposed to serve.
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.
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 power. The school also hosts workshops about sustainable living, technology, and the arts. Check the calendar or contact us if you are interested in our workshops.