BCSD named a 'District of Distinction' for work of The STAR Academy
Published Thursday, August 30, 2018
Administrators of The STAR Academy were recognized at the Tuesday, August 28 board meeting. (BCSD photo)
Berkeley County School District was recognized this year by District Administration Magazine as a District of Distinction.
The national program honors districts the trade publication believes are leading the way with innovative ideas “that work.”
The idea that Berkeley County School District effectively put into place was the idea for The STAR Academy.
In 2009 BCSD faced a 67.3 percent graduation rate. To battle things like truancy and chronic absenteeism that lead to higher drop-out rates, The STAR Academy was founded.
As an accelerated program, participating students must receive a recommendation from their school principal. It’s designed for 8th-graders who are over-age for their academic year. Through tutoring and individualized instruction, it catches students up with their peers so they can graduate on time.
Career planning programs also give participating students first choice of CTE classes when they enter the 10th grade.
Since implementation, the district graduation rate has risen significantly.
“The most important aspect of a successful STAR Academy is staff,” former STAR Academy Director Johan Bryant told District Administration Magazine.
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