In addition to the Utah Core Standards, North Star Academy uses research-based and challenging curriculum as the basis for general instruction. This curriculum includes the Core Knowledge Sequence, Saxon Math, and Fountas and Pinnell.
The Core Knowledge Sequence is a solid, specific, shared core curriculum that helps children establish strong foundations of knowledge, grade by grade. It is based on research done by a team of parents, teachers, scientists, professional curriculum organizations and experts from the Core Knowledge Advisory Board. Core Knowledge provides a good blend of arts, history, science, math, language arts and other fundamental basics necessary to be considered “culturally literate.”
Saxon Math is a research-based math program that systematically distributes instruction, practice and assessment throughout the academic year as opposed to concentrating, or massing, the instruction, practice and assessment of related concepts into a short period of time — usually within a unit or chapter. Saxon Math’s unique approach to math instruction ensures that students not only gain but also retain essential math skills.
Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading program is a specific phonics, spelling and grammar curriculum that provides teachers with a resource for specific instruction that is correlated to the books at that student’s reading level.
As a school, we participate in the nationally-recognized Character Counts program, which promotes the development of 6 pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. This program helps students learn social skills, problem solving, and conflict resolution. By giving students clear behavior expectations and appropriate and effective tools, they learn to treat each other with kindness and respect. Students develop the confidence and skills needed to succeed in life when confronted with problems and conflict.
North Star Academy also participates in The Leader in Me program. The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer—it improves the performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century economy.
The vision of Special Education is to promote educational excellence for students with diverse needs. The mission of Special Education is to provide services, instructional strategies, resources, and learning objectives for students with disabilities, that will expand each student’s capabilities and quality of life.
Our goal is to provide individualized educational programs in the most inclusive environment appropriate to meet the needs of each student, so they may be able to develop the skills needed for participation in the general curriculum.