Daystar School

19 reviews
1550 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 791-0001

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We just finished our second year in the Wonder Zone. My child loved her classmates, teachers and the school. The day is packed with enriching, play-based activities. Her teacher did a fabulous job of weaving learning into the day in appropriate ways for the little ones. My preschooler came home discussing (and correctly identifying by name!) cumulonimbus clouds and talking about frog metamorphosis. It's clear that all of the teachers love the children and their jobs. All of the children are kind friends and my child never complained about mean behavior. This school has been wonderful for us and our child. The school is growing and learning and there are certainly areas they could strengthen, but it is an overall gem.
Posted by a parent on 6/17/2019
Daystar provides such a wonderful enviornment for the students. As a parent, you feel good dropping your child off in the morning. You know they are in a safe, nurturing, & stimulating enviornment. The principle is awesome, the teachers are excellent & the location is perfect.
Posted by a parent on 1/11/2015
Let me begin by saying that my husband and I are uber vigilant in ensuring our son's well-being, happiness and that he is well prepared educationally. We looked high and low for his primary school as we believe it sets the stage for his relationship with learning and education going forward. We are absolutely thrilled to have found Daystar. From Principal Doig on down, they are the most nurturing, caring and concerned educators and administrators I have ever come across. The school currently has approximately 250 students (PreK thru 8th) and Principal Doig can identify every single student by name. In addition, the curriculum is quite comprehensive while still being developmentally appropriate for younger children. For older children the curriculum is differentiated to meet each child where they are, but institutes a rigor that maximizes each student's learning capacity. And these kids are smart! But more important than all of this, Daystar is full of some pretty awesome kids. I spend a fair amount of time at the school and I'm always amazed by the behavior and attitudes of the students. The kids seem genuinely excited about being in school. That trumps any test scores in my book.
Posted by a parent on 12/18/2014
I just read the reviews from May 2014. Not sure what school they were talking about but the principal and admissions director were really clear with us. They both said that the school is more concerned about the best interest of the students than what looks good for Daystar and that they want the parents to choose the best high school for their child. They said what I just read on the website (cut and paste): "Graduates have been accepted at select enrollment high schools including: Whitney Young, Walter Payton College Prep, Jones College Prep, Lane Tech, Lindbloom Math & Scicence Academy, Lincoln Park Baccalaureate, and many private high schools including: St. Ignatius, The Latin School, Timothy Christian School." On the tour, the principal (Tammy?) said that Daystar is not for everyone because they are a think out-of-the-box kind of school. The students are taught to think on their own, to ask questions, to research answers for themselves, to learn the material and not just memorize and forget it for tests. Tammy said that if parents want kids to sit in rows of desks all day and do sheets of work then Daystar is not the school for their children. That's being clear and honest!
Posted by a parent on 8/4/2014
Our child attends the pre-K program at Daystar and we have been very pleased with the School, its curriculum and the teachers. The teachers have provided special attention to our child who struggled with the transition to school and worked with us to come up with a plan to ease our child's anxiety. Their patience and dedication to seeing our child succeed have been exemplary. The curriculum and programming is engaging and interesting.
Posted by a parent on 7/9/2013

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Chicago schools - Daystar School is located at 1550 S. State Street, Chicago IL 60605. Daystar School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK-8.

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