St. Aloysius Regional School is a Catholic faith community of academic excellence. Both our culture and our curriculum are designed to strengthen spiritual and emotional maturity, develop a strong moral character, and cultivate the skills for successful learning. Our students are leaders with the confidence to make a difference in their ever-changing world.
STARS is a Regional School. This means that we are a stand-alone organization under the Diocese of Buffalo and are governed by a Board of Trustees. We are not officially affiliated with St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, that is next door to our building, although we cooperate and partner for use of the Parish Hall, weekly Mass, and other resources. Our region is generally within a 15-mile radius of Springville, NY and encompasses all or portions of the Springville (including Colden Elementary), Gowanda, North Collins, Eden, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Ellicottville, West Valley, Pioneer, and Holland School Districts. Busing is available from these school districts for qualifying families.
STARS meets and exceeds New York State (NYS) and Common Core Learning Standards. Our teachers also need to meet the same qualifications as public school teachers. In fact, most of the teachers who leave STARS go on to teach in public schools. Our Montessori Pre-Kindergarten Program is the exception as it follows the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori for early childhood development. The program is taught by a certified Montessori teacher and promotes 3 and 4-year-old students to learn age appropriate life skills to gain confidence and independence as well as academics.
STARS is the region’s only STREAM school. Not only does STARS meet NYS and Common Core Learning Standards, we also integrate the curriculum and emphasize Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STREAM). We intentionally connect disciplines and show our students their relevancy for life and careers. We promote the coordination of topics around central themes, and encourage the exploration of concepts in relation to one another. This means that concepts from Science get carried over in the English/Language Art; Math concepts are used to write code for computer programs; Art class promotes creativity and free thinking and how it applies to scientists asking questions for discovery. In addition, at least once a week, students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade participate in a hands-on STREAM lab.
What also sets STARS apart from public schools, charter schools and other private schools is our culture of respect and accountability. Strong moral center, a feeling of personal worth, a sense of community, integrity, compassion and caring for others are modeled and encouraged. Our students realize from an early age to be invested in their education, have a positive attitude towards education, and that character counts. This culture of education has been successful with Catholic schools all over the country and translates into academic success and confident, happy students with a foundation that carries onto their adult life.