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  • Continuing to Expand

    Continuing to Expand

    Biola Youth Academics began in 1996 and now offers more than 200 academic classes serving home educating families throughout Southern California and internationally through online classes.


A need arose among several homeschooling families whose students were entering the junior high and high school years. Prayerfully considering their educational options, the parents continued to feel led to home educate their teens. The desire was there, yet a concern remained. How would families teach the more challenging subjects, such as Algebra 2, American Literature, Logic, Government, or Biology? After all, how many homeschoolers really want to dissect and inspect specimens on their kitchen table?

What began as two science classes multiplied into 20 classes at two campus locations. In 1998 Biola University’s S.T.A.R. was born!

1996 Science class held on Biola University’s campus and Co-op Science class offered through local ISP/PSP
1997 Biola University/Village Bible Academy Pilot Program, two regional campuses and 20 classes
1998 S.T.A.R. (Supplemental Tutoring of Academic Requirements) began
1999 Four regional campuses and 70 academic classes
2000 Torrey Academy program added
2001 Opened extension sites and offered online classes
2005 Five regional campuses and 132 academic classes
2007 Name changed to Star Academics
2009 Six regional campuses, three extension sites, and online offering more than 200 academic classes
2010 Continuing to Impact the World for the Lord Jesus Christ!
2011 Name changed to Biola Youth Academics
2014 Launch of Biola University PSP for fall 2015