Students who wish to skip a grade (1st through 8th) at Chaparral Star Academy must register with the school at any point during the year, and order the respective credit-by-exams for acceleration (EA) from the University of Texas K-16 Education Center or Texas Tech UISD. Chaparral Star Academy offers an individually-specific schedule for all students wishing to advance (e.g. no specific school-wide testing opportunities).
UT or TTUISD will then send the exam to Chaparral Star Academy, where testing will take place. Test dates and times will be individually based on parent request. Students who earn at least 80% on each of the four areas of the grade level test (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies; both semesters if applicable) will be allowed to skip the grade tested when returning to Star the following school year.
For example, if a student were currently in grade 4 and wishes to skip grade 5, the student would take all necessary grade 5 credit-by-exams in the spring of his/her 4th grade year (or summer before 5th). If he/she earns 80% on each subject area of the 5th grade test, he/she would return to Star in the fall as a 6th grader. Preparation for the exams is the responsibility of the student and parent. Star teachers should not be expected to provide materials nor consultation for grade advancement. Tests are written by the UT K-16 Education Center or TTUISD, and review sheets are available from them. Score reports are sent to students, usually after two weeks. Students are only offered two opportunities for grade advancement.