The Problem

Every school day in the U.S.

7,000 students drop out

“The crisis we face in public education is a threat

to the very core of who we are as a nation…

it is the civil rights movement of today!”

– Condoleezza Rice

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“The crisis we face in public education is a threat to the very core of who we are as a nation…it is the civil rights movement of today!”

– Condoleezza Rice


80% of first time drug abuse happens between

Ages 10-14


80% of first time drug abuse happens between



85% of all juvenile crime takes place between


Middle school students are slipping through the cracks. A former Indiana Department of Education Superintendent of Schools called the middle school years the “black hole” because students may “physically drop out” in high school, but they “mentally check out” in middle school. These statistics are unacceptable and cannot continue to be the norm in the public school system.

The Solution

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The Five Star Solution

Five Star Life was formed to address this crisis, eliminate the black hole and, develop in middle school students the desire to succeed and own their futures. Through proprietary curriculum and intentional mentoring, Five Star Life is changing the face of education by changing the mindsets of students and positively impacting the culture inside the school building. Five Star Life does this by focusing all programming on 5 key areas:

  • At-risk Education & Academic Support

  • Workforce Readiness

  • Mentoring

  • Character Education

  • Experiential Learning

  • At-Risk Education & Academic Support
  • Workforce Readiness
  • Mentoring
  • Character Education
  • Experiential Learning

Starting in one school in Elkhart, Indiana, with fifty students and a handful of volunteers in 2005, Five Star Life is now serving thousands of students. This exponential growth is not a coincidence. Five Star Life is expanding because of the measurable impact witnessed by principals, teachers, and parents.

Our FIVE Programs:

1. Video Curriculum for Classrooms

2. The Afterschool Program

3. The High School Leadership Program

4. Leadership Day Trips

5. Summit Life Leadership Camp


Five Star Life Video Curriculum for Classrooms is our fastest growing program. This powerful platform attacks the problem on the forefront of every educator’s mind…student engagement. Negative mindsets are the cause of nearly every issue in public schools today!


This program addresses the root causes of disengaged and underperforming students who hate school, thus create a negative culture in classrooms. We engage every student by teaching mindsets that transform them from the inside out.


Five Star Life Video Curriculum includes 33 of the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets and teaches 18 Life Skills through Five Star Life’s Core Values (respect, responsibility, integrity, sacrifice, courage).

A Five Star school implemented the Video Curriculum throughout the school day for its entire population for the year. What school administration found since its fall implementation is that its school had over 5,000 less disciplinary referrals than the previous academic year! 


This program focuses on academics, character education, and leadership development in a fun and challenging environment. Students are placed on teams with other students and volunteer mentors (“Coaches”). Our Core Values are instilled into students week after week challenging them to take the lessons they have learned and use them in real life. This program causes a shift in mindset for students that ultimately changes the culture of schools.


Through workforce readiness workshops, assisting with the afterschool program, and making a commitment to focus on academics, we are able to bridge the gap from middle school to high school and help students continue on their path to success!


Leadership Day Trips gives students a chance to practice what they have learned throughout the year in an experiential way that extends beyond the school building at Summit. Day Trips present students with opportunities to put their leadership skills to test through rotation challenges. Each leadership rotation is considered a classroom and is tied to the curriculum so students are learning through experience with very intentional steps. Students are also invited to participate in Summit Life Leadership Camps. Leadership Camps build on the challenges sampled in the Day Trip, but allow coaches to spend more focus on helping each student overcome fears, develop relationships, and reach their greatest potential.

Every aspect of the Afterschool Program, the Video Curriculum for Classrooms, Leadership Day Trips, the High School Leadership Program, and Summit Life Leadership Camps ties back to each other in a relevant and real way that keeps students focused while they prepare for their future.

  • I LOVE the ideas included in your curriculum. I'm a 7th grade special education teacher at Navarre Intermediate and I truly want to know when you will expand to include our school. Clearly this is the missing piece needed to help the children develop into whole people who are ready for life's next step. Rarely do they have the opportunity to identify and relate to who they are and this seems to be the overall theme throughout your program.

    Aesha S. South Bend, IN
  • After several years of having the Five Star program in our building, we are convinced that Five Star is the program that we can’t live without at West Side Middle School. Students who participate in the program have shown a positive change in attitude, a desire to do better academically and a sense of respect for those around them. The success with our most at-risk students has been phenomenal!

    Kristie Stutsman West Side Middle School Principal, Elkhart, IN

Our Stats

Memorial Health Foundation funded a three year grant to measure impact and found the longer students participate in Five Star Life the higher student’s grades rise, the better their school attendance, and fewer behavioral problems occur. Our latest data reveals that over 70% of our students in Five Star Life raised their GPA or maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. We have proven our effectiveness, we have found a solution, and we are continuing to raise the bar every year.

Our Vision

For years, Five Star Life has received inquiries about establishing its program in cities across the country to help combat the national epidemic. In the spring of 2014, this vision became a reality with the acquisition of Summit, our new leadership training facility. Now, teachers, principals, and schools can be trained at Summit and bring the Five Star Life model back to their communities, thus continuing the ripple effect.

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