Chaparral Star Academy (formerly Star Charter School) is an open-enrollment public charter school in Austin, TX servicing grades K – 12 that offers rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum in a compacted 4-hour daily schedule.  Students either attend the morning session (7:45 am – 11:50 am) or the afternoon session (12:05 pm – 4:10 pm), allowing more flexibility for extracurricular activities such as gymnastics, horseback riding, acting, hockey, figure skating or any passion the child may have.  We enable young minds to pursue their passion in a community of excellence.

Class sizes are limited to 15 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.

Feel free to look at our most recent accountability rating: 2016 CSA Accountability Rating.  For more information about state accountability ratings, take a look at Explanation of Texas Accountability System.  Or reference the state’s accountability website.

Feel free to look at our most recent state assessment scores: STAAR Results Summary 2016-17

Feel free to look at our most recent high school profile: High School Profile 2017-18

Chaparral Star Academy has received numerous awards over the years, including:

  • Exemplary rating by TEA in 2009, 2010 and 2011
  • Recognized rating by TEA in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Over 40 Gold Performance Awards
  • A 2007 National Charter School of the Year Recognition by the Center for Education Reform
  • 21st statewide ranking in U.S. News & World Report
  • 204th nationwide ranking in U.S. New & World Report
  • 5-Year Nationally-Ranked NOSB Team

In March 2010, the Austin-American Statesman ran an informative article that explains a bit more about our school.

In April 2013, the Daily Beast ranked Chaparral Star Academy 410th in the nation!  Please read here for more information.

Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Chaparral Star Academy (dba Star Charter School) 35th in the state and 224th in the nation!!  Please read here for more information.

Children At Risk, a Houston non-profit group, recently awarded Chaparral Star Academy a #4 spot: 2014 Greater Austin High School Rankings .  In 2010, we received 1st place (please read here for more information).

If you would like to understand more about our humble beginnings (our former name was Star Charter School), please read The History of Star Charter School.

CSA is also home to a stellar Speech/Forensics Team (“Speaking Sharks”).  At the 2016 National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) tournament, the speech team won a School of Excellence award with 5 national finalists including 3 national championships!




Tours are to be scheduled with our wonderful parent ambassador, Jennifer Benavides.  To schedule a tour, please contact her via e-mail at jenbenavides@chaparralstaracademy.com and visit the Tours section of the website.




For more information about admissions, please visit the admissions section of this website or contact the school!

For more information about our charter, feel free to look at the Original Charter Documents