Our school is designed for students with social learning challenges, but open to everyone! Starfish Social Club admission criteria applies to the school as well: Students must be able to learn and function in a ratio of 5:1 and must be able to toilet independently. We do accept students who are non- or minimally verbal as long as they are able to function in our ratio. We welcome students with behavioral challenges as long as they are able to be successful in our ratio and have a desire to learn and practice new skills. The school is currently projected to admit students who are 4-18 years old. This program is not designed for a certain type of student; we have students who plan to go to college, students who plan to enter the workforce, and students who are or will be working on supported employment.
Our program will consist of separate morning and afternoon sessions. Students can attend all day or just in the afternoons. Students will be required to attend every day.
The mornings will be academic-based. We will have separate classes for students at different academic levels, including students who are at or above grade level, students who are a few years behind, and students who use an alternate curriculum. We are looking into curricular programs to meet the needs of everyone, including online programs that meet high school credit requirements. We will focus on project-based learning with no tests or arbitrary measurements of success. Students will be able to apply what they learn to real-world situations as opposed to bubbling items on a test or circling letters on a worksheet.
The afternoons will be functional/recreational. We will use this time for a variety of purposes: working on executive functioning skills (like homework completion, planning and organizing, and setting goals), social skills classes, and yoga classes, as well as student-led and student-chosen classes. We will go to HEB to shop for lunch and snack items. We will incorporate community volunteer work and social outings at least once a month. Our social groups incorporate problem-solving and self-advocacy training by their nature; our afternoon classes will do the same.
Our projected first day of school is August 19th. The program will be year-round with a total of 202 instructional days (traditional school is around 187). School times have not yet been determined, but will probably be close to:
Our school program will be at our location: 1117 Patricia, San Antonio, 78213.
This is for the kids who are stuck in Algebra and US History and English 3 classes when those things won't benefit their lives. This is for the kids who have no friends in school and receive no social support. This is for the kids who are in gifted programs, but getting a high school diploma won't get them a job because they can't problem-solve. This is for the kids who engage in socially inappropriate behaviors at school and get punished instead of taught. This is for the kids who don't get social feedback at school and become 'that kid'. This is for the kids who are bored and don't like school. This is for the kids who are homeschooled and missing out on social opportunities that are appropriate for them. This is for the kids who thrive at Starfish, but crash at school. This is for the kids who get tired of hearing mom and dad talk about hygiene and chores and homework, but will do it with someone who isn't mom or dad. This is for the kids who eat lunch alone. This is for the kids who are included for the sake of inclusion, but aren't really learning. This is for OUR kids.
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This will be a private school, meaning no STAAR tests, no graduation requirements, no requirements for the amount of time spent on each subject, etc. It also means it will be tuition-based. Our goal is to keep tuition at or below $1200 per month. This is comparable to or less than other programs with a similar ratio. There will be a discount for Starfish students enrolled in evening groups or camp before May 1, 2019.
We are not able to provide transportation but we have students from all over the city (and beyond) so arranging carpools is definitely an option. We will provide items for students to make their lunches (purchased by students at HEB) or students can bring their own lunch.
We are expecting to have parent planning meetings again in June and July. Please use the form below if you would like to receive the latest news regarding our school. Scroll down further to schedule an initial appointment for a new student.