145 Leupp Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
FAX (928) 225 - 2179
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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.
A U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 2012 Winner
STAR School is Currently Featured in Scholastic's Parent and Child Magazine as one of "The Coolest Schools in America."
Green All Over THE STAR SCHOOL K–8 | FLAGSTAFF
"This charter near the Navajo Nation is the ﬁrst public school to be off the electric grid. Hundreds of solar panels and ﬁve wind turbines generate all the necessary power to run its multiple buildings (including one housing a state-of-the-art media program) as well as an electric well that waters the property's orchards. Soon, a network of monitors will allow students to help maintain and learn from the system by tracking and graphing production and consumption. Named for the acronym "Service to All Relations," the school's philosophy is based on the
Navajo principles of K'e (all things are inextricably linked) and peacemaking, which promote respect for others and the land." TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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. This Video was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only. Music is "Memories of the Fall" by Skychasers.
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 under the direction of Instructor Rachel Tso integrating Place-Based Education with Media Literacy to demonstrate Place-Based Media Arts. Music by Kelly Hawthorne. This film is an official selection of: AZ Student Film Festival: Winner of 1st place in Middle School Microshort and the Grand Prize for the Middle School Age Division The Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, CO The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show. This film was made for non-commercial, educational purposes only.
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