Our Story


Why we started this journey.......

My name is Lisa Starr, and this is my family. At three years old, our daughter was tested by a public school system in another state, and we were told that she was developmentally delayed. She entered the public school system at three in a preschool program, which she attended for two years. As the years progressed, she was assessed again in the school system here, where they found she has a processing disorder. The school allocated her to receive thirty minutes a day of extra help. Thirty minutes was definitely not enough. In 2015, at eleven years old, she was tested again privately, and we were told she has severe dyslexia.  On top of the learning struggles, she has had anxiety since she was three years old, which we were able to manage until two years ago. We found a wonderful person who was able to not only help her but also help our entire family manage her anxiety and teach her to manage it herself.

We have gone the public school, private school, and home school routes until this year, when I decided it was time for us to make a difference, not only in her life but in the lives of other families who are in our or a similar situation.  Shining Starr Learning Academy is a differentiated learning private school. Students with dyslexia, anxiety, and processing issues, as well as neuro-typical are welcome. We want all students to have the opportunity to grow in their own way.

We hope your family will become a part of ours. 



Our dream has come true......

We opened on schedule on January 9, 2017. My children were ready to learn and eager to try our new approach.  January 20, 2017 was our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the City of Rockledge who have been so welcoming and amazing. Thank you so much.

February 2017

Watching my children shine in the classroom and enjoy researching and writing a paper was a beautiful sight to behold. Cooking, laughing and having fun while learning - a new and wonderful concept. The daily "Brain Gym" exercises we have been doing are producing amazing results.  My daughter is gaining balance and muscle strength in her arms which is a direct correlation to helping her dyslexia.

March 2017

Things are progressing nicely and their study of Greece resulted in some delicious Greek food. 

April 2017

Good news, Summer Camps are already filling up. 1 camp is FULL and 3 camps are half full. 

May 2017

The students made volcanoes and created three chemical experiments to watch them erupt. Elephant toothpaste was the best reactor. The students had fun, learned about volcanoes and their terrain from start to finish and we enjoyed watching them erupt. Our first five months have flown by and have now come to a close. We look forward to our new family members joining us in August.

August 2017-May 2018

Our first full year was an exciting time watching our students fill our building and watch them grow. It has been a very rewarding experience and a fulfilling journey to be blessed with all of the smiling faces of the students and families.

Continuing our dream


August 2018-2019

Year two and we are filling our classrooms and hearts. The students who have continued with us in our second year are amazing. We have been blessed to watch them grow and work toward their goals. We are very appreciative and thankful to the wonderful families and teachers we have. Our teachers have an amazing gift to see the potential in each student and tap into their potential. 

Our 3rd year


August 2019-2020

As we begin our third school year, we are proud to present our future  

Hands of America

Please join our hands-on approach to learning and watch your child become a Shining Star.