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  • Flying high in the afternoon after finishing school during the morning session at CSA
  • Students enjoy hands-on projects at CSA
  • A freshman pursues her equestrian passion after attending CSA morning session
  • Yes, learning can be amazing!
  • A senior Ice Hockey All-Star goalie with time to hone his skills due to CSA model
  • Elementary students carefully tend our garden
  • Pursuing dreams of Olympic competition thanks to CSA half-day model
  • Making lifelong friends!
  • A seventh grader utilizes his out-of-school time to compete in a national regatta
  • A junior has time to follow his hockey goals due to the 4-hour CSA model
  • Kindergarten is full of excitement!
  • A junior perfecting her spiral during the four hours she is free from school
  • Homecoming Dodge-Ball Smackdown is fun for all ages
  • I have a question!

Chaparral Star Academy (formerly Star Charter School) is an open-enrollment public charter school in Austin, TX servicing grades K – 12.   We offer rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum in a compacted 4-hour daily schedule.

Students attend either the Morning session (7:45 – 11:50)  OR Afternoon session (12:05 – 4:10)

Allowing more flexibility for extracurricular activities such as gymnastics, horseback riding, acting, hockey,boxing, dance, music, water skiing, figure skating, religious or language training or any other passion the child may have.

 Class sizes are limited to 15-20 students per class, allowing for a more productive environment.  Curriculum is accelerated and compacted across all grades, giving students who are innately interested in pursuing the highest goals a perfect fit.  The schedule is ideal for highly-motivated students involved in major programs outside of the classroom and families in need of a more flexible daily schedule.


Enabling students to pursue their passion in a community of excellence!

Mike Thomas, President & Member-At-Large
Ryan Palm
, Vice President & Member-At-Large
Kelly Drake
, Secretary & Business Officer
Michael Wallace
, Member-At-Large

Information from administration (e.g. school closures, upcoming activities, important deadlines) is mainly distributed to the community via our g-mail listserv and this website.  If you do not receive e-mail via our g-mail listserv (if you don’t get Mrs. Hagin’s “Friday Notes” every week, then you may not be), please e-mail Kris Barnett and request to be added to the list!


“We came to CSA at the beginning of 7th grade after a terrible 6th grade year at our over crowded local middle school.  My son is now in 10th grade at CSA.  He has become a much happier young man thanks to CSA’s small class sizes and their wonderful, caring teachers.   I cannot praise this school, its teachers, and its administrators enough!”       –  Lorna Lawrence, parent

“Six years ago my daughter transferred  to CSA to accommodate her demanding competitive figure skating schedule.  After she was forced to give that up due to injury last year though, we never thought for one second   about removing her from CSA.  The quality education she is receiving there, as well as the personal attention from outstanding teachers will keep her at CSA no matter what she is doing outside of school. I will point out also, that we are districted to go to the, “highest rated schools in the state”.  My son attends those schools, and I have been far more impressed by CSA.  I also wanted to say how much I appreciate the support of the faculty and the Board for the speech team.  I can’t tell you how excited and how much work Elise has put into this, and I see it paying off in so many aspects of her life already- Confidence, speaking to adults, discipline, etc…  Mr. Rivera is outstanding and has a great group working with him.  The larger schools CSA are competing against, have no idea what talent they are facing!  Finally, I wanted to say I am so thankful that CSA is not your average, “cookie-cutter” school.  My daughter has many friends with so many different backgrounds.  They come from many different places whether it is geographic, socioeconomic, health issues, race, creed, etc…  I love that her friends are all individually unique and that CSA accepts and fosters that about them!”                  – Sharon Little, parent

I have been meaning to pass a note on to all the teachers in Miranda’s life over the past eight years at Chaparral Star Academy, which we still lovingly refer to as Star. Miranda had to take an entrance exam to get into A University Model College prep school and she only missed two questions on the entire 2-3 hour test! They have a pre-algebra requirement at the new school before they can take Algebra so they required her to take their mid-term pre-algebra exam and she made a 95!!! She has never taken a formal pre-algebra class!!! Thank you all for preparing my 7th grader to succeed in the next chapter of our lives as we move our family out of Austin.                  -Peggy, parent