NORTH STAR ACADEMY

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400 DUANE ST
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94062
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Phone: 650-482-5973
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Redwood City Elementary School District
  • Students/Teacher: 30:1
  • Students/Grade: 90
  • Number Students: 540
  • Number Teachers: 18
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6542
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Leslie Crane
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (50 ratings)
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    School Reviews (45 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-22
    "North star is a great school that fulfilled a need for our children. Our first child transferred to North Star in 6th grade after we were completely frustrated with her experience at another RWC elementary school. Year after year she was bored with the classwork and not challenged at all. She never felt that way at North Star. We have always felt lucky RWC had this option. Our second child went all the way from 3rd through 8th grade and was very well prepared for high school. Both have fond memories and many friends from North Star. Not really sure what else a parent could want."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-05
    "North Star Academy is an amazing school with great curriculum and teachers. although a lot of the comments were really positive some of them were negative. I have no idea why though because North Star is an excellent school and I love it dearly. It challenges me effectively and gives me a chance to excel in my work but still be challenged at the same time. The teachers are really nice, and the enrichment program in AMAZING! The Shakespeare plays and musicals are wonderfully directed and I have participated in many of them. To every parent who is about to write a negative comment, please think twice and consider all the great things this school has to offer. I have become a better person because of this school and if your child gets a chance to experience the wonderful things I have had here, then they might become a better person too. -Sixth Grade student"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-30
    "North Star Academy thinks a lot of itself, as the name implies. Students test in, and are well prepared. Test scores are very high and there is time for teaching far beyond the test, this is not due to drilling for tests. Homework is mandatory and has to be scheduled in, but is not overwhelming. School will not skip students or let them work ahead, in general, with some exceptions for Math. This can be a problem for truly exceptional students. Students steal, fairly commonly. Parents are often goal-oriented and somewhat aggressive types, so this is not a warm or cuddly place. Staff and principal turnover has been high, which is damaging. Teachers often are uninterested in interacting with parents and generally over-worked with large classes. Good programs: Spanish, Music, after school homework club, etc. Parent association is has good resources due to strong fund raising, so trips are better than usual. This is like a Varsity sports team, or top band in High School. Top performers, not all completely outstanding, but all paying attention in class, with very few exceptions. Various ways to get in, based on testing. Fairly diverse student body. High demands on parents."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-25
    "To me, there are two schools at NorthStar - an AWESOME (5*) elementary school with strong dedicated teachers - 3rd grade science is a particular highlight - and a somewhat lackluster middle school (3*) with a number of teachers who are not really reaching the kids and are not doing much more than going through the motions. The recent loss of a standout teacher in 7th and 8th grade science has been a big blow. On the flip side, the student body and parent community are tremendous, and the school's willingness to accelerate high-performing math students (even to the point of taking high school math classes in 8th grade) has been a great recent decision. Because of the quality of the student body and parent engagement your kid can't fail to get a very good public education from here."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-25
    "NSA is a good school, obviously very focused on academics since kids have to be tested in. From what I understand they have a strong focus on socialization as well, but I have not seen it firsthand. I find a lot of the children lacking in social consideration, even more so than the other schools that I am involved with. Some of the teachers do leave a little to be desired, though, and others go above and beyond."
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