Learning Technologies Division U.S. Department of Education
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208-5544
Phone: (202) 208-4042
Institution Description: The Star (Supporting Teachers with Anytime/Anyplace Resources) Schools is one of the largest and most successful public and private partnerships for delivering distance education in the United States and around the world. Since 1988, the STAR Schools grants have provided access to technology, telecommunications equipment, and instructional programs for more than ten million learners, and provided professional administrators in tens of thousands of schools across the United States and abroad. The Star Schools projects deliver distance education courses and services using many technologies including satellite delivery systems, open broadcasts, cable, and the Internet.
Through the Star Schools projects, schools have access to instructional programming, including hands-on science and mathematics, algebra, calculus, physics, advanced placement courses, foreign language courses, workplace skills, and life skills programs. Instructional programs serve K-12 students and adult learners, including limited English-proficient students and disabled students. Many projects’ web sites offer creative and interactive services for students teachers, and parents. High school completion and adult literacy programs are also available.
Teachers and other educational personnel can participate in teleconferences, online discussion groups, and virtual communities to communicate with colleagues around the world and participate in staff development programs. Classes are also available that are designed to improve parents’ abilities to ensure their children greater success in school.
Official(s): Jean Tolliver, Program Officer
Geographic Access: Nationwide
Grade Level: Kindergarten; Elementary; Middle School; High School
4907 Coral Boulevard
Bradenton, FL 34210
Phone: (941) 794-0197 Fax: (941) 795-5326
Institution Description: StarCoast Academy is a not-for-profit organization that provides alternative programs to help meet the needs of students with unique educational challenges. The academy is committed to offering an opportunity for an education that is accessible to students any time, any place.
The academy has developed programs that are self-paced with varied curriculum options that supports individual student’s learning styles and abilities. For some students, the stress and structure of the traditional school makes coping with the mental, social, or emotional demands difficult. For these students, an alternative is offered. The academy is also for students who have left school and would like to return to complete their high school education. Parents wishing to home school but needing resources, guidance, and creditability, the academy developed an accredited high school with a regular diploma option.
Official(s): Marlene Nolte, Director
Geographic Access: Nationwide
Grade Level: High School
Admission: Prospective students must complete an enrollment application and have transcripts sent from schools previously attended.
Tuition/Fees: The Correspondence Program is $495 for the full five units and includes testing and workbooks. The Completion Program is $475.
Enrollment Period: The Correspondence Program may begin as soon as tuition is paid in either half payment or full payment.
Equipment Requirements: No special equipment is required to take any of the courses offered.
Credit and Grading: All programs are proficiency based. Upon showing proficiency in exit exam materials, as student may have full credit for that academic unit.
Library Services: Students are encouraged to use local school/ community libraries as well as, if access is available to them, the information resources to be found on the Internet.
Accreditation: National Private Schools Association Group
High School Alternative Programs
Correspondence Program: Correspondence coursework is divided into five units: Literature and the Arts; Science; Social Studies; Mathematics; Writing Skills. It is recommended that each unit be completed separately, mastering one and then going to another. Workbooks have been chosen that follow a GED preparation program, meeting the most universally-accepted nationwide standards. This option is recommended for students that are stronger in one subject area over another; for students who have completed part of the GED and need help in learning skills in other; for the ease of working with unit content; for students working on college entrance qualifications.
Independent Study Program: This is an individually developed program that is designed to help target an area of study. This option can be utilized for a student wanting to concentrate on an area of strength and interest, or an area of weakness needing remediation. The fee is based on subject, credits, and services that are needed.
Home School Study Program: This is an individually developed program giving structure and accountability to a home school approach. Materials and testing procedures will follow national standards. The selection of texts and workbooks will depend upon assessment of courses that have been completed and current mastery of subject areas. The use of computer programs are encouraged. This option is recommended for: parents who want to offer a nurturing home school environment; parents that would like to participate in developing their child’s academic program; students that have special artistic, athletic, or musical talents; parents that want to offer their children travel experience; for children that would benefit from the knowledge that comes from participation in life’s experiences.
Completion Program: StarCoast Academy has a proficiency-based completion program that is designed as a faster option to earning a high school diploma. A review of transcripts and school records will tell if this is the best option. This is an individually developed program that takes into consideration the student’s current mastery of materials and designs the curriculum needed for completion. This option gives credit for life or work experience and transferred school credit and pretesting to gauge mastery of material. After assessment of present skill levels, StarCoast Academy will Assign work for deficit areas and give post-tests to measure proficiency. This option is recommended for: students that are close to completing high school; returning students; young gifted students; incarcerated students; mature adults with creditable life experiences.
3417 North First Street
Abilene, TX 79603
Phone: (888) 828-7532 Fax: (915) 672-9584
Institution Description: StarNet was established in 1985 to meet the needs of small, rural Texas districts seeking ways to cost-effectively expand their curriculum. StarNet is represented in over 30 states. It uses live interactive satellite broadcasts with CD-ROM and web-based integration. StarNet annually delivers over 150 hours of innovative professional development, over 20
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Publication information: Book title: Directory of Distance Learning Opportunities, K-12. Contributors: Compiled By Modoc Press, Inc. - OrganizationName. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 187.
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