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 will continue to act as a catalyst of change throughout the country. Five Star Life does this by focusing all programming on five 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 can now be found in school districts across the nation, 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.

Five Star Life Focuses Programming on

Five Key Areas:

At-risk Education and Academic Support: Five Star Life challenges students to own their academic success by weekly monitoring of their grades and holding them accountable to the academic goals established during Five Star Life.


Workforce Readiness: Throughout the country, employers face a widespread issue of entry-level workers who lack basic skills and workplace etiquette. Five Star Life’s emphasis on character values translates into highly prepared and appropriate workers.


Mentoring: Relationship has long been identified as one of the key basic needs for all students. Five Star Life utilizes the passion and dedication of volunteer mentors (coaches) to connect to students and guide them to their highest academic and personal achievements. Extensive measures are taken to ensure coaches have character, can connect with students, and have the capability to help them reach their greatest potential.


Character Education: Five Star Life challenges students to change the way they live by changing the way they think. Five Star Life’s Five Core Values are respect, responsibility, integrity, sacrifice, and courage. These values are instilled into students week after week via our proprietary curriculum that includes tangible action steps that mentors (coaches) track and hold students accountable for.


Experiential Learning: Five Star Life does not simply teach students the value of academic success and the core values, but also gives them the opportunity to practice it hands-on during day-trips, service learning, and leadership camps.

Our FIVE Programs:

1. FSL Video Curriculum for Classrooms

2. FSL Afterschool Program

3. FSL High School Leadership Program

4. FSL Day Trips

5. Summit Life Leadership Camp


Five Star Life’s Video Curriculum for Classrooms is our fastest growing program! This program is designed to provide schools with a common set of core values, provide a platform for teachers to connect with their students, and change student behavior throughout the building by creating a positive school culture based on our Five Star Life Core Values (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sacrifice, and Courage).


Five Star Life Video Curriculum for Classrooms can be implemented as an accredited course (depending on state of school district) or during Advisory/Homeroom. Most schools implement Five Star Life Video Curriculum for the entire student body while others target certain grade levels.


It is cutting edge, easy to use for teachers and faculty, and most of all, relevant to students. Five Star Life Video Curriculum includes 33 of the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets and teaches 18 Life Skills through our Five Star Life Core Values.

One of Five Star Life’s middle schools in Indiana implemented Five Star Life’s video curriculum throughout the school day for its entire student population in the 2014 – 2015 school year, beginning in the fall of 2014.  What school administration has found since its fall implementation of Five Star Life’s video curriculum is that its school had over 5,000 less disciplinary referrals than the 2013-2014 academic year!


The Afterschool Program focuses on academics, character education, and leadership development. For individual accountability, students are placed on teams with 6-8 students and 1-2 volunteer mentors (we call them coaches) per team. Extensive measures are taken to ensure coaches have character, can connect with students, and have the capability to challenge and lift them to their greatest potential.  Through mentoring and character education, Five Star Life’s Five Core Values are instilled into students week after week. Each session includes a coaches meeting prior to student entry where the curriculum is covered, coaching tips shared, and student grades handed out. The students participate in academic review, games or academic assistance, a team building challenge, a video curriculum presentation covering a Five Star Life Core Value, journal time, and team discussion with snack.


For high school students that have been exposed to the middle school programming, FSL offers high school leadership programming to continue with their training. Through workforce readiness workshops, assisting with the afterschool program, and making a commitment to focus on academics, FSL is able to bridge the gap from middle school to high school and help students continue on their path to success.


Five Star Life’s Day Trips gives students a chance to practice what they have learned throughout the year in a tangible, experiential way that extends beyond the school building at FSL’s 300 acre owned and operated camp, Summit, in Union, MI. At a Day Trip, students are presented with opportunities to face their fears and put their leadership skills to test through various challenges that include: horseback riding, a high ropes course and zip line, a rock climbing wall, fishing, archery, and service projects. Students are also invited to participate in overnight Summit Life Leadership Camps. Leadership camps build on the challenges sampled in the Day Trip, but allow coaches to spend more focus and intensity on helping each student overcome fears, develop relationships, and reach their greatest potential.

Every aspect of the FSL Afterschool Program, FSL Video Curriculum for Classrooms, FSL Day Trips, FSL 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 at-risk students in Five Star Life raised their GPA or maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Five Star Life has proven its effectiveness, has found a solution, and is 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, Five Star Life’s 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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