STAR Prep Academy is an extraordinary gifted and talented private school for middle & high school students who seek an individualized approach to learning.
STAR Prep Academy's innovative approach to engaging and inspiring children, encourages children to be active participants in their own learning, as well as nurturing analytical thinking along with college-style courses, project based learning and interdisciplinary study.
STAR Prep Academy is located in the Fine Arts Complex at WLA College.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 31 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,500
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
31 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
STAR Prep Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
8 students
Number of AP Courses
4 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Psychology
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
STAR Prep Academy provides a limited amount of financial assistance.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Tery Arnold


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
ECO Club, Gaming Club, Leadership, Model UN

Arts and Music Programs:
Film Festival, Literary Cafe, Outside Learning Experiences ("OLE"), Rock and Jazz Bands

School Notes

  • STAR Prep Academy students exhibit strengths in a variety of areas. Our broad elective options attract students who are talented in the areas of performance or fine arts, while our college prepratory curriculum is based on apllication over rote memorization.
  • The background of our students is also extremely diverse. We have several students who enroll directly from a home school environment because our supportive, small learning community is a perfect transition for students who have not attended a traditional school setting. In addition, several students have enrolled from other small private schools and find our design comfortable and familiar. Finally, many of our students come from large public schools that have not addressed their needs and are inspired by STAR Prep's structure to assist them in their learning.
  • What results in these factors is a student body that represents multiple walks of life as well as reflecting the composition of the surrounding communities. STAR Prep believes that this diversity enriches the entire student body and creates an atmosphere that helps to prepare its students for success in the real world. Some of the factors that make STAR Prep Academy unique are: 10:1 maximum class size, connection to STAR Education Professionals, Internships and Veterinary science opportunities with the  STAR Eco Station, technology throughout the curriculum, project-based, thematic hands-on learning, real-life application, outside learning opportunities ("OLE'S), consistent family communication, individualized academic support, safe nurturing environment, acceleration opportunities with WLA College, state-of-the-art music recording studio, innovative creative arts program, diverse electives (music, theatre, film, visual arts, fashion, technology) and physical education classes (ex. fencing, stage combat, capoeira, yoga, creative movement with Diavolo Dance)
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
Our son transferred in for 8th grade and is in his 2nd year. He has really enjoyed the creative and challenging classes offered by Star Prep Academy, and has grown so much as a student and as a musician that we have never seen him thrive like this before. Now as a freshman, my husband and I have been really impressed with the online class instruction during the pandemic because the teachers and administrative staff never missed a beat and it shows in our son's attitude and grades. All classes were engaging and fun for him. I look forward to our being back in person in the fall on the West LA College campus. Being in that "campus environment" is inspiring and lends a sense of seriousness to the joy they derive from their class instruction. STAR is ever evolving to the needs and desires of the student body, and as a result, are adding Japanese language classes in the fall due to the high demand.I highly recommend them for a safe, creative and nurturing education for your children.
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This is a very small school and provides a much better education to meet your childs needs. Classes are less than 10 students so your child will not "disappear". It may not offer as many options in areas such as PE but it offers great education with easy access to the faculty to discuss your child's needs and progress. The online education is LIVE and far superior to the pre-recorded sessions at the larger schools. By using Zoom teachers can see each student and vice versa. The campus at West LA College provides students to a preview of education after high school (once Covid is over).
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Star Prep is a dream come true for us. Most Progressive, out of the box, pleasant, dedicated, uplifting, self-confidence building, motivating school! Amazing experience every day for our son who plays 2 bands in the school, among other engaging electives. A school that makes students happy and learn and be motivated and help and volunteer and be part of today's world. Couldn't be happier. Star Prep is a real gem!!
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I couldn't be happier with my experience at STAR Prep Academy. The school has been very supportive of my child and family. Middle school is always a difficult time, but I felt that STAR did a great job of helping my child and he is now thriving in the high school.
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STAR Prep Academy is like no other school that I have come across in my many years of experience as an educator in public, private and charter environments. This school truly makes a difference in the lives of the students it works with. This school is not for everyone, but for those who are a good fit, it can mean the world.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 31 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,500
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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