STARS Learning Center

STARS before and after program
 
S.T.A.R.S is a before and after school program for academic recreation and social skills growth of 1st-5th grade students attending Johnson Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The program is a community partnership of 9 agencies and is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.  54 students participated in the STARS program during the 2012-2013 school year. 
 
S.T.A.R.S.  2012-2013  Recap
S.T.A.T.S. 2012-2013 Report

What is a 21st Century Community Learning Center? Download this infographic to learn more.
 
STARS students learn about science
Progress Reveals: It is an Effective Education Program
 
Goals met during 2012-2013 School Year:
• Participants will have safe and supportive families, school, and community.
• Participants will demonstrate positive social skills and healthy lifestyle choices.
• Participants will be better prepared for a productive adulthood.
 

Teacher Surveys Report:
• 49% improvement in academic performance
• 43% improvement in behaviors in the classroom
• 48% improvement in getting along well with others
 
STARS staff help students get their homework done
 
Staff Surveys Report:
• 70% of STARS students improved their social skills.
• 79% of STARS students improved their swimming skills
 
STARS students learn swimming skills
 
What do parents say about STARS?
• “STARS offers a high value academic curriculum that was not available at other locations we checked into.”
• “We highly value the homework help and academic reinforcement she receives at STARS along with social/life skills-which make this a well rounded program!”
• “My kids learn and play.  It’s both valuable and makes them happy.”
 
If you are interested in seeing a program like this at your school contact Ann Torbert, 319-377-9839 or atorbert@iastate.edu. 
“Transcending the punitive and remedial model of summer schools past,
summer learning’s new form is an artful blend of core academic learning, hands-on activities, skill-building, arts, sports, and meaningful relationships.”

   -National Summer Learning, Why Summer Learning Deserves a Front-Row Seat in the Education Reform Arena

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