Bright Star Schools
Application Deadline: Until Filled
BACKGROUND Bright Star Schools began with the vision of our founder, Jeff Hilger, in 2002. Along with the support of experienced educators, concerned parents and a committed Board of Directors, he sought to bring a college-preparatory education to the West Adams community, where students and families have few good school choices. Bright Star gained its first charter from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 2003 and Stella Middle Charter Academy opened its doors to 120 fifth and graders in August of that year. In 2006, Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy (“BSSCA”) began operation with its first freshman class. Bright Star Schools’ unique approach to public school education has produced outstanding results. In California, the primary measure of academic performance and growth is a school’s Academic Performance Index (“API”) score – a number that ranges from 200 to 1000. Since opening, Bright Star’s schools have earned some of the highest API scores in the Los Angeles Unified School District (“LAUSD”). Stella Academy’s 2011 growth API score of 825 ranks it among the top twenty middle schools regardless of demographics, and the sixth performing middle school in LAUSD among schools that share a similar demographic and socioeconomic profile. BSSCA’s 2011 API score of 842 ranks it eighth among all LAUSD high schools, and fourth among high schools with a similar profile.