What is the origin of the school's name and how was it founded?


The idea of Starboard began five years ago when God planted a seed in Co-Founder Jennie Stahler’s heart to be more intentional in the raising and education of her children.  She found a partner in Abby Keener with the same heart and together they have brought the concept of Starboard Christian Academy to reality relying on the guidance and affirmation of God.  Please read Deuteronomy 6:5-7 verses that are at the heart of Starboard. 


"After considering a move to be closer to another Charlotte area University-Model® school, God revealed His plan to us. We were to start a UM® School in Denver and serve the families nearby who were looking for the same educational opportunity for their children as we were. When we began to share the vision with family and told them that we felt certain that we were brought to Denver for this reason and started discussing name options, this verse came up, "He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some."  So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in." John 21:6  

Then it clicked. He'd been whispering to me the entire time. I chose this place for you. This is your home. Serve here. Cast your net...right here. Bring them to me.

In nautical terms the right side of the boat is starboard. There was no doubt in my mind that God had just chosen the school's name." --Jennie Stahler 

Where is the main campus located?

 2380 Lake Shore Rd S, Denver, NC 28037

(on the campus of Westport Baptist Church) 

What grades are offered and what are the class sizes?

Starboard offers grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and  3rd grade.  4th grade will be offered for the  2020/2021 school year.  Starboard plans to add the next grade level each year to accommodate rising students.    

Our maximum class size is 16.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! Starboard Christian Academy is an approved school for participation in the Scholarship Programs offered by the NCSEAA. Families who are interested in utilizing this scholarship must apply through NCSEAA. To learn more about this scholarship program and important deadlines visit -

In the future, Starboard's goal is to also have other scholarship opportunities available for families.

How can I teach my kids if I have never taught before?

Parents, by design, are teachers every day. As a parent, we model the behaviors that we want our children to learn. As Christian parents, we are instructed in Proverbs 22:6 to, "Train up a child in the way he should go..." and in Ephesians 6 we are told to "bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." 

The unique University-Model® supports and encourages parents to take on this leadership role with their children, but, Starboard Christian Academy's certified teachers will take the lead in the area of academics. 


New concepts are introduced and taught at school by professional teachers while the application of the concept often takes place at home. Teachers will provide detailed course overviews and online assignment sheets each week while maintaining open lines of communication with parents. Parents act as co-teachers under the guidance of the teacher. 

Will this model work for us if both parents work full-time outside the home?

One of the most important ingredients in the success of the University-ModelⓇ is an available parent who can assist and properly work with the student. For a family in which both parents work outside the home on a full-time basis a more traditional school is likely a better choice.  


What curriculum has Starboard chosen to use?

Please visit our Academic Overview Page to learn more about our current curriculum.  On this page, you will find a downloadable document outlining each curriculum currently in use.  

Will there be standardized testing at Starboard Christian Academy?

Yes. At Starboard Christian Academy we believe in using assessments and standardized testing as tools to improve and enrich our students’ learning experiences. With the unique collaboration between teachers and parents that Starboard offers, we are able to differentiate student instruction, as needed, and the data from these assessments enhances those opportunities. We do not put undue attention on testing and do not “teach to the test.” Beginning in Kindergarten we do individual benchmark assessments using mClass DIEBELS Next and mClass Math three times a year and beginning in 3rd grade we also administer a national standardized test at the end of the school year. 

What about students with special needs/disabilities?

At this time Starboard will not have a specific class for special needs.  As we continue to grow we hope to be able to add that in the future. 

Based on our smaller class size we are hoping to accommodate most educational needs. 

Will Starboard Christian Academy be offering a sports program?

At this time Starboard Christian Academy will not be offering school sports. Starboard is committed to being a well rounded school and will seek community support to offer extra-curricular activities.  When Starboard adds middle and high school grade levels, sports programs will be developed per student interest.  

Does Starboard Christian Academy require uniforms to be worn on the Main Campus/Field Trips?

Yes, Starboard believes that a uniform policy will provide a more peaceful, simple, and distraction-free environment.  Please visit our School Uniform Page under Admissions to learn more.

Parents and students alike seem to really love the use of uniforms. One less thing to worry about in the morning! We also have spirit wear and will occasionally have a dress down day at school.  


Do you offer After School Care?

We have partnered with Denver Baptist to offer Starboard families this service.  Students are picked up during afternoon car rider line and transported to Denver Baptist Church.  

Do you offer special classes?

Yes.  We currently offer Art, Music, and P.E.  We will also be offering a Spanish class as an after-school program.