Located in Redwood City, California, North Star Academy is an academic magnet school. Its curriculum is designed to attract the best and brightest of the area's third–through–eighth grade students, with enrollment open only to students ranked in the 85th percentile or above on standardized tests. Students are enrolled in core subjects of Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies but these curriculums are compacted which allows for time each day for the Enrichment Program which has exciting courses such as Shakespeare, Video Production, Jazz, Current Events Debate, Storytelling, and similar subjects. All these courses are based on student interest. And behind the scenes, an array of FileMaker Pro databases helps pull it all together.
That's due to the efforts of Will Lucey — who doubles as North Star's Assistant Principal and Curriculum Resource. "I use FileMaker Pro for a lot of things," Will explains, "but the first was to build a database of student interests for use in planning classes in our Enrichment Program. This program offers different classes to fit the interests of the students — and each student can choose three specific areas of interest in determining what class they'll get. Using the database to match students with classes is much easier than assigning classes on paper!"