STARS Program Overview


The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Successfully Targeting and Reaching Students (STARS) Program, authorized under  Title IV, Part B of the High School / AOEC and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, has three specific purposes:

1)     Provide academic and enrichment opportunities for children in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 (Pk-12), particularly those students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet State and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects.

Core Academic Subjects: include English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography;

2)    Offer academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families. Student activities must be provided during non-school hours (before or after school) or periods when school is not in session (including holidays, weekends, or summer recess). Family activities, however, are not restricted to non-school hours and may take place at any time;

3)    Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic programs of participating students. Activities may include youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs; and Offer literacy and related educational services to the families of participating children


The STARS Program offers grade 2-12 students in Waukegan Public School District afterschool learning opportunities. Program activities include life skills, career- and college-readiness, academic assistance, as well as enrichment offerings such as art, fitness, digital media, and music.

STARS is a “Life Coaching” program designed to help students create a Life Plan for Success.

Beyond providing meaningful opportunities for academic enrichment, the STARS Program strives to inspire students to graduate from high school with a Life Plan for Success. Life coaching classes offer students the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of themselves as learners, explore the dynamics of relationships, acquire insights into setting and achieving short- and long-term goals, and create/activate a personal plan of action.