The aim of the Striving To Achieve Results (STAR) Program is to identify students with the potential to become our future ‘stars’. Using achievement data and teacher feedback we establish students’ individual needs and tailor either a literacy or numeracy program to develop, consolidate and nurture their skills.
Students stay in the program for the entire school year. We believe that by offering an intensive, individual program for students at the junior secondary level we offer our students the best possible opportunity for success in their later years. We know that students who experience success are far more likely to participate positively in the school community and curriculum.
Students work with one of the college’s highly trained literacy or numeracy teachers twice a week in a small group of up to five students. Students complete a combination of skills-based work, preparation and consolidation of course work. The STAR teachers regularly review and assess the work students complete in the program to ensure that it meets the need and progress of each student. All students in the program are required to complete rigorous class work and homework.
I have been overwhelmed by the commitment and calibre of students in the program. They work so incredibly hard and they are always sending me emails with questions. I am so proud of the achievements when we compare the students initial test results and the progress results.
Ms. McGrath, STAR Teacher
I have been delighted with the way my son has been coming home and getting straight into his homework. He seems to feel far more confident and he knows if he is having any issues with class work there is someone he can count on to help.
Parent of STAR student