Our Mission

Star Academy is a recognized leader in education for Bay Area special needs students. Our students serve as examples of what is possible with effective, individually tailored education. They possess an awareness of their skills, develop self-understanding and self-confidence, and learn to capitalize on their strengths and talents. They experience the joy of friendships and the pride of work well done, and make positive contributions to the communities in which they live.

Mission Statement

Star Academy provides an intensive, individualized academic program for students with learning differences with a commitment to helping them achieve their full potential and lead gratifying, productive lives.


We fulfill our mission by:

  • Offering a full spectrum of specialists, using proven, multi-sensory methodologies, hands-on-learning techniques, small academic class sizes, and one-on-one and small group sessions. Star's academic program based on California Department of Education content standards.

  • Assisting students in becoming proficient in reading, writing, and arithmetic with programs specifically designed for students with learning differences, and using the most effective assistive technologies.

  • Helping students identify and develop their strengths and teaching to these strengths.

  • Developing our students’ executive function abilities.

  • Supporting students in the development of meaningful friendships and relationships. Helping students become effective communicators by strengthening their self and social awareness, thinking, communication and interaction skills is central to program.

  • Providing support and education for the families of our students.

  • Extending our reach by serving as a training resource and by partnering with other organizations to host educational events and seminars for parents, community professionals and the public.

Our Philosophy

Star Academy offers a comprehensive, multi-sensory, and individualized special education program. We incorporate research based curriculum designed for students with learning differences.


Experiencing daily success is central to the philosophy of Star Academy. Star is a place where students learn to recognize and develop their competence, and where parents and their children can feel hope about the future.


Star Academy is a non-profit organization. The Shining Star Foundation in San Rafael, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, operates Star Academy.


Star Academy is a private, non-profit, California state certified, Non-Public School (NPS).


Star Academy is FULLY Accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Schools
533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200

Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (650) 696-1060


The Shining Star Foundation and Star Academy do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.

Get to Know Us

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Look for videos from former Star students and parents throughout the website.



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