Awards & Testimonials

In The Beginning...

Since its inception in 2002, STARSHINE ACADEMY has captured the attention of the community, garnered endorsements from educational leaders and legislators, and praise from the United Nations. Even the founder, Trish McCarty and her husband Steve, were honored to meet Pope Francis and work with the Boys Towns and Girls Towns of Italy. STARSHINE ACADEMY is proud of the Awards and Honors received over the years and for the support from the many wonderful parents, students, community partners, and volunteers who have helped to create the most amazing atmosphere for learning, positive thought, empathy, and peace.



Awards have included:

  • National Honor Society StarShine Super High School
  • 2016 Semi-Finalists for Laurene Jobs' XQ Super School competing to #RethinkHighSchool. Winners announced in August 2016.
  • Vatican, Pope Francis, Boys Towns and Girls Towns: Trish McCarty asked to begin to implement StarShine curriculum into the Pope's orphanages and to participate with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences to refocus K-12 education on developing humanity as a way to transform the world rather than merely "sustain" it.
  •  Chief Learning Officer Global Learning Award Bronze 2015 Trish McCarty
  • AdvancED National and International Accreditation
  • AZLeads Circle of Honor
    Recipient: StarShine Principal
  • Arizona Department of Education Spotlight on Success Award-Category: High School Renewal 
    Superintendent Tom Horne presented STARSHINE ACADEMY with this prestigious award for innovative implementation of Individualized Learning Plans for High School students.

  • STARSHINE ACADEMY hosted the 8th, 9th and 10th Annual United Nations North American Peace Pals Art Competition and Exhibition
  • Arizona Interfaith Golden Rule Award

Category: Top Educator
Recipient: Patricia (Adams) McCarty

  • United Nations: Named STARSHINE ACADEMY One of the Best Examples of World Peace
  • STARSHINE ACADEMY Hosted the 8th Annual United Nations International Peace Pals Art Competition and Exhibition
  • Los Angeles Music Awards

Recipient: Patricia (Adams) McCarty
This award honored the founder of STARSHINE ACADEMY and the schools’ mission of providing an excellent education to at-risk students while supporting the community as well.


  • Rotary Leadership Camp Award
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