As the parent of a rising high schooler, you are probably realizing that a new chapter is on the horizon. It's a bittersweet season. You want the young person in your life to have an exciting and meaningful high school experience filled with memories, but you also know they need to be diligent in planning their future. What does this look like?
At Daystar Academy, our program is designed to help every student strike that balance and create a path to their best-fit college, a rewarding career, and a fulfilling life.
Below, you'll find an overview of what we offer, including:
High School Explained
Join us to learn about public and private high school options in Chicago, admissions processes and test dates, and Daystar's International Baccalaureate high school program. Talk with current students, staff and families to learn how Daystar is distinct!
A Day In The Life . . .
Click here to visit Daystar Academy High School virtually! While this low budget production lacks bells and whistles, it gives a glimpse into our school culture, diversity and small class sizes.
Our focus on a diverse, caring community of students with character comes from a foundation of Christ-centered values. It turns out that creating strong character and soft skills of empathy, collaboration and cooperation not only are the right thing to do, but they are the right thing to do. Our students leave Daystar ready to work with all people, value all viewpoints, and treat all people as neighbors with success. We are creating the adults the world needs.
In addition to academics, the IB program aims to develop globally-minded individuals who help to create a better and more peaceful world. Deliberate focus on the IB learner traits creates adults that are inquirers, open-minded, knowledgeable, caring, thinkers, risk-takers, communicators, balanced, principled, and reflective.
Students in high school need a sense of community, safety, and security as they develop their identity and set goals for the future. At Daystar Academy, we emphasize three core values:
How You Learn Matters
Hands-on, project-based learning, an inquiry-based approach, and opportunities to explore outside the classroom prepare students for the real world.
What You Learn Matters
A distinction of the International Baccalaureate framework is that students learn how rather than what to think, and focus more on asking questions than taking notes. Using the Bible as a lens through which we view the world provides a solid foundation. Learn more about the IB program below.
Who You Learn With Matters
A diverse community made up of various ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds allows students to work together and transcend division.
At the heart of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a purpose to develop students who will change the world for the better. Our rigorous academic programs not only build a strong foundation for college, they equip students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.
Grades 9-10 (Middle Years Program)
In grades 9-10, students learn to make connections between their studies and the real world. They are encouraged to think critically, problems solve, and become more culturally aware. During these years students become drivers of their own learning, culminating in a personal project that reflects their unique interests and talents.
Grades 11-12 (Diploma Program)
Juniors enter a two-year learning experience that equips students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. This highly respected college-prep program is recognized worldwide. In addition to a strong core curriculum, students complete three independent projects: a theory of knowledge presentation, an extended essay, and a CAS project (creativity, activity, service). The IB Diploma proves to be an invaluable asset whether they desire to enter a competitive university or have other post-secondary plans.
How will an IB education benefit your High Schooler?
Through it, young people become:
Internationally minded and motivated to play an active role in creating a more peaceful world.
Energized by the opportunity to be in the driver's seat of their learning, now and in the future.
Equipped to approach challenges facing the world today with an open mind and keen critical thinking skills.
Prepared with the academic and contextual skills that allow them to adapt seamlessly to college life.
Emotionally mature, responsible young adults who have the interpersonal skills to collaborate with individuals from all walks of life.
"William and Mary recognizes the International Baccalaureate program as extremely rigorous; the best possible preparation for both college work and life in the twenty-first century..."
"IB students who attended [Virginia Tech] as freshmen significantly outperformed all other freshmen, including students who had taken Advanced Placement courses."
"GPA is not nearly as important a factor in [Harvard] University admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA."
"We really like Daystar for our high schooler . . . They help students think beyond themselves to see the bigger community, or even world, as well as how God might use them. Along with that, instead of memorizing facts, they focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which is great preparation for life beyond high school."
Dave & Anne V.