If your children are to reach their full potential in life, StarChild Academy founders Peter and Cindy Zimmermann understand how vital it is that they develop a firm foundation and a love for learning in their early years. When you enter StarChild Academy on Wekiwa Springs Road in Apopka, perhaps that is why you immediately realize that you are somewhere very special.
Right away, you feel comfortable in the bright and open lobby that soothes you with calm music and a warm and welcoming staff. Each state-of-the-art StarChild Academy classroom is spacious and cheerful, with tempered floor-to-ceiling glass walls dividing each room but ensuring maximum transparency (literally and figuratively) for the staff. Video cameras are in all classrooms, allowing you to view and share your child’s day as often and as long as you’d like. There is also a telephone in every class, just in case you’d like to speak directly to your child’s teacher throughout the day.
Outdoors, there are separate playgrounds for each age group that feature safe, age-appropriate equipment. However, it is not only the extraordinary planning and brilliant structural design of StarChild Academy that transfers you into a positively blissful state. Without a doubt, the common element that denotes excellence throughout the campus is the smiling, productive student body that is respectfully interacting with encouraging and dynamic teachers.
“Our educational philosophy is based on traditional values and proven curricula so that we may provide every child with the skills necessary to excel in school and in life,” Peter says of StarChild Academy’s nationally-recognized academic programs for children from the ages of six weeks to fifth grade.
While infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and pre-K children each have individually tailored curriculum programs, the elementary school students specially designed, customized studies include core reading and math skills complemented by challenging and interactive learning in the areas of science, social studies, computer science, music theory, arts and crafts, and physical education. The program also invites children to discover a variety of foreign languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Sign Language.
Foreign languages are taught to the students not only for knowledge, but also to boost their cognitive function. Studies have proven that young children who learn multiple languages perform better academically than their peers.
“Our students are learning at an advanced rate that is one-to-two years ahead of their peers,” says Peter, who is proud of the fact that most grade-school students have been with StarChild Apopka/Wekiva since they were infants or toddlers. StarChild Academy’s talented teachers and staff also have plenty of longevity, which explains why StarChild Academy has earned so many highly esteemed awards such as Orlando’s Best Preschool, Best Private School K-8, and even Best Summer Camp for 2016.
At StarChild Academy, the staff understands that all students learn differently, at different paces, and have the intellectual potential to be great. The staff not only teaches traditional curricula to the students, but they are also on the leading edge with multiple intelligence instruction in the four-year-old classrooms and in elementary school. All children have their own strengths and talents, and the multiple intelligence instruction provides the environment for these aptitudes to foster and grow.
Besides establishing a top-notch academic foundation for every child, StarChild Academy offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities to further enhance your child’s learning experience. Special programs in art, dance, karate, soccer, music, and computers all take place right on campus, which means parents never need to worry about transporting children to another facility or waiting around for children to finish class.
While the preschool and elementary grade-school programs are definitely worth bragging about, StarChild Academy realizes that the highest priority for parents with infants and toddlers is to have caring, nurturing caregivers who provide personal and undivided attention to their child’s needs. This is why StarChild Academy offers bright, safe, and clean surroundings filled with plenty of social interaction and stimulating activities for each specific age group. Infant rooms have personal cribs with clean linens and daily activity sheets that detail fun activities for each day. Toddlers are separated into classrooms by ages, and they have their own separate toddler playground filled with fun and safe equipment. While toddlers still need proactive attention to their personal needs, StarChild Academy instructors enhance toddler development daily with stimulating activities that help foster their language, mobility, and motor skills.
Of course, StarChild Academy’s before- and after-school programs are the perfect opportunity for your school-aged student to relax, do homework, or just have some fun. Experienced teachers will assist children with homework as needed, and the kids enjoy various planned activities such as sports, arts and crafts, computer time, and much more. Exciting summer camp programs and entertaining field trips are offered during school breaks, and many feature interesting guest speakers as well.
If StarChild Academy Apopka/Wekiva sounds too good to be true, just schedule a visit and decide for yourself. One look, and you’ll see why StarChild Academy’s premier program is the finest option for your child’s future, and the best decision for your own peace of mind.