The Starke School

Parents are the most important teachers in a child’s life. We believe parents need support and tools to help their children succeed in reading and math. The Starke School is a supplemental monthly subscription based online school that provides engaging lessons in reading and math.

Our lessons are based on national reading and math standards for kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students. The Starke School is ideal for summer support. This supplemental curriculum for families of K-3 children helps fill the current learning gaps in reading and math. 

Mission: The Starke School is committed to providing support and encouragement for families and building foundational skills in literacy and math to set up children for success. We strive to support K-3 children on their personal educational journey.

  • Seven weeks of online modules for families of K-3 students for a one time cost of $55.00. *$5.00 of every purchase will be donated to UN Education Cannot Wait to support teachers and students in Ukraine

  • 20-30 Minute Weekly taped lessons in K-1 phonics, 2-3 phonics, K-1 math, 2-3 math, and K-3 reading to watch anytime at your convenience

  • Daily lessons and unit based activities provided to support the lessons offline

  • K-3 lessons based on national reading and math standards

  • Developmentally appropriate sequence of modules

  • One-on-one virtual reading tutoring sessions are available to add  (use the contact form below to inquire)

  • In-person reading tutoring sessions are available around the Richmond, Virginia area (use the contact form below to inquire)

Enjoy this short sample literacy lesson! Click here

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Meet Our Founders

Kathryn Starke is a national urban literacy consultant, author, adjunct professor, keynote speaker, and founder of Creative Minds Publications. She has a BS in Elementary Education and MS in Literacy and Culture from Longwood University. Kathryn taught first, second, and third grade before becoming an elementary school reading specialist and K-5 district literacy coach. She has helped over 100 elementary schools and thousands of children achieve reading success. Starke has served as a guest lecturer, instructor, and trainer for the University of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Mary Baldwin University.  Starke is the author of Amy’s Travels, a diverse children’s book that teaches the seven continents. She wrote and published Tackle Reading and A Touchdown in Reading, two educational resources created to support parents and teachers promote a love of literacy at home and in school. Starke is the creator of Tackle Reading Day, an annual educational initiative supported by the NFL.

Elizabeth Starke Rutledge has spent over a decade in the field of education. She has a BA in Education, History, and Psychology from Randolph-Macon College. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master’s of Education in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted Education. She completed her doctoral program in Educational Leadership from the College of William and Mary. Elizabeth began her career as an elementary school  teacher. She worked in the field of gifted education as Assistant Director of Precollegiate Programs for K-12 students at William and Mary. She served as adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University teaching Masters courses and supervising student teachers. Elizabeth moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where she was the Assistant Head of St. Nicholas School.

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Enroll today to begin the first module!

You can begin anytime!

  1. Complete the Contact Us page below. Then, submit your first payment of $55.00 to through or Venmo @kathryn-starke-1.
  2. Check your inbox for your welcome letter and detailed instructions to begin.
  3. Participate in two modules (7 weeks of math and reading lessons) both online and offline at your own convenience and your own pace. 

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