Daystar is a unique Christian elementary school in the heart of Chicago where children use the city's resources to learn in new and exciting ways. The entire city is the students' classroom as they learn first-hand through visits to museums, businesses, neighborhoods, libraries, nature preserves, and other treasures.
In the classroom, students apply these experiences through age-appropriate projects, discussions, and activities. They work in an engaging, interactive, learning environment where taking risks and making mistakes are part of the learning process.
Classes are small. Teachers, students and parents work together discovering each child's learning style and potential. Students are taught in cooperative settings and have opportunities to teach and learn from each other. Teachers provide Daystar students with a wide variety of learning experiences, such as:
• Engaged, hands-on learning that is developmentally appropriate
• Unit studies organized by themes, integrating the various disciplines of study
• Varied work settings: individually, with partners, in cooperative groups, and whole class
• Flexible grouping, directed mini-lessons, inquiry, exploration, problem solving, and guided discussions
Captivated by this creative learning approach, Daystar students score well on standardized tests and have been accepted into the best high schools in Chicago. They are equipped with an excellent educational foundation for life-long learning and creative problem solving.
Daystar prepares students for leadership and living in the urban environment. They are part of a diverse, caring, community where they are loved and accepted and learn to enrich their lives by serving God and his people in today's world.
Daystar helps students develop a Christian worldview. Communal worship, service projects, and biblical integration shape ways of thinking and ways of living which provide meaning and purpose for students, glory and obedience to God, honor and service to others. This worldview serves as a lifelong point of reference, providing a guide for moral and cultural discernment in a tricky, even dangerous world. In their studies, students are encouraged to ask difficult questions and explore answers through the spectacles of God's word.