Our Five Pillars

Five Pillars of Child Development

Decades of educational research have confirmed the need to develop children in a holistic manner.  Academic achievement is vital, yet children truly flourish in an environment where social, emotional and physical development are considered essential.

Star Academy practices a multidimensional approach to child development. We address your child’s academic, social, emotional, physical and global needs. We also believe that children should—even at the earliest age—develop an awareness of the larger community. At Star Academy, students are given meaningful opportunities to apply their emerging talents to enrich their world.

Star Academy’s Five Pillars of Child Development are the embodiment of our commitment to holistic education. Over the years we have held firm to our low student-teacher ratio to ensure that everyone develops to their full potential.

Academic

At Star Academy we set the highest expectations for our students...

At Star Academy we set the highest expectations for our students. Teachers instill a strong work ethic, along with pride in achievement. Our low student-teacher ratio is central to this mission. Each child has unique strengths and challenges. We take the time to ensure that they get the attention they need.

Our approach is interdisciplinary.  Engaging in curriculum in a deep and purposeful manner ignites students’ passion and creates ownership over the learning process. By posing questions and solving problems, they learn to grasp the complexities of our world. At key moments throughout the year students share their findings with the larger school community.

Social

A school is not just a learning community, but also a social environment where children cultivate the skills and values needed to become successful and responsible human beings.

A school is not just a learning community, but also a social environment where children cultivate the skills and values needed to become successful and responsible human beings. At Star Academy “social intelligence” is an indispensable part of education.

Because of our low student-teacher ratio, teachers are able to carefully monitor each child’s progress and foster further growth. Social development takes place in the classroom, the lunchroom, in our hallways and on the playground. Meaningful opportunities are sought everywhere.

We encourage students to engage not only with same-aged peers, but also with younger children, older children and adults. They learn the importance of listening actively, reading body language, displaying good manners, and being responsive to the needs of others.

Global

We believe a child’s academic, social, emotional and physical development must ultimately bear fruit in the community.

We believe a child’s academic, social, emotional and physical development must ultimately bear fruit in the community. “Global” development is our commitment to help students develop awareness of the world around them, along with a desire to act in a purposeful and compassionate manner.

Younger students discover that they can impact a sphere just beyond the classroom. As students mature their sense of the world grows exponentially. Projects are carefully selected to help them explore this world and to empower them to engage in a responsible and caring manner. Projects on pollution, the quality of our soil and the food supply led to a community garden on our school property.

Emotional

Emotional development begins by helping children cultivate self-confidence and a positive self-image.

Emotional development begins by helping children cultivate self-confidence and a positive self-image. We work diligently to ensure students feel valued for who they are and what they have to offer. This forms the core of healthy social development, high academic pursuit, and ever-increasing self-knowledge.

With a strong emotional foundation, children are better equipped to take risks. Teachers work closely to build trust with students, then help them move outside of their comfort zone with no fear of failure. It might be a shy child giving a speech in front of the class, or a highly intellectual one taking the lead on an art project.

Ultimately, strong emotional development is part-and-parcel of strong character development. Children with high self-esteem greet the world with honesty and integrity. They demand a lot of themselves and expect the same from others. Most of all, they are aware of their possibilities and have the confidence to pursue their goals.

Physical

A critical component of a student’s personal growth is physical literacy...

A critical component of a student’s personal growth is physical literacy. At Star Academy we believe in a fun, purposeful physical education programme to instill the value of an active and healthy lifestyle. A growing body of research also supports a direct positive relationship between physical activity and cognitive development. The more physically active, the more academically successful.

All students participate in programmed physical education each day. Teachers take the same care in planning these classes as they would any other, setting specific goals for each individual. Our programme involves stretching, cardio, and skill development. We play volleyball, basketball and badminton in our full-size gymnasium, and outdoor sports on two acres of natural play space. Outside play is especially important – natural light effects both eyesight and mood.

The results of our programme have been outstanding. The benefits include enhanced social and emotional development. Students head out to other classes with greater focus and increased self-esteem, ready to work together in a spirit of collaboration.

In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Physical and Health Education Canada presented Star Academy with a “Quality Daily Physical Education Award” in recognition of the school’s commitment to offering an exceptional and comprehensive programme of physical education. The commendations noted that only 3% of schools in Canada are given the award each year, “truly making your school one of Canada’s leaders in physical education”.