NORTH STAR ACADEMY

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400 DUANE ST
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94062
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: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 88.3
  • Number Students: 530
  • Number Teachers: 18
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5876
  • 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 (56 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (51 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-18
    "It has been terrific, with four children I was able to compare the last who is enrolled at NS and been amazed on the acceleration and enjoyment this child has been experiencing, Her achievement's far outpace the other schools in the area. Most of the staff have a sharp focus in all the students and no one is able to fail. What i also see is that my daughter is excited to go to school and keeps up the pace without any involvement needed by us, WOW! My daughter went to Clifford and was recommended by her 2nd grade teacher and was invited in to NS, she took a test aced it and started the third grade now she is a sixth grader and loving it. The school districts should take a close look at the school and implement the same in each of the city's in the county if they havent already."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-16
    "I have went here since third grade, and since then I have had a great experience. When I went to schools before this one, I always felt like I was not being challenged much. Me and my friends would all finish the simple math tests other schools gave us much quicker then our fellow classmates. Then I went to North Star Academy. I have learned much much more since I started going here, and the other kids are basically on the same level as us, which also raises the level of things to talk about. The teachers in 3rd grade were all great, giving us fun things to do such as coordinate graphs, free reading time, and paper mache the Sun in our own little solar system hanging in the classroom. We do fun little contests such as Pi Contests. The teachers teach us a lot of things, and the math teachers even give websites we can use such as Khan Academy, Front Row, and Edmodo. We do fun little science experiments in class, and then we record down the data, hypothesis, testable question, conclusion, and what we learned. Some teachers teach us a lot of things, but also make class fun by being goofballs themselves. The kids are also very social, so they are fun to be around."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-27
    "I agree with the parent who mentioned the fact that if your child does not understand a concept the first time the teachers expect you to get a tutor instead of trying to teach better. The only reason why North Star students score higher than other schools is because their families care about education and will hire a tutor. The current Principal is incompetent and has really brought the school down."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-18
    "NSA is a mixed bag for me. We have been at the school for 5 years now and I went from very happy with the school to not so happy. The teachers are doing an outstanding job in the elementary Grades with maybe one or two exceptions. They get the kids organized and responsible for their own learning while keeping it fun for the most part. Once your child hits middle school it is a different matter. There are a few great teachers, a lot mediocre teachers and some are flat out bad. Especially 7th Grade was bad and took all the fun out of learning. The science and math teacher is incompetent and lazy, the language arts teacher although the kids learn, gives too much homework and exhibits inappropriate behavior. The principle although aware of the problem does not act. Nevertheless I am glad my kids are in this school. Not because I think the teachers are outstanding. It is the students and parents. If you surround your kids with kids who want to do good in school, chances are they want to do good too and that is what I am seeing in my kids."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-03
    "A great school that challenges students in a nourishing way. Many talented and dedicated teachers. My son has attended for three years now, and has nothing but good things to say about his teachers and classmates. It's been great to see him develop a deep sense of academic responsibility and appetite for learning. The faculty has created a solid curriculum that includes an enrichment program, frequent, topic-relevant, field trips and hands-on projects. Workload, including projects and homework is a little more than other RWC public schools, but leaves plenty of time for kids to be kids."
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