S.T.A.R. Program History
The Student Transition And Recovery Program (S.T.A.R.) originated in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas in September 1993. The program was designed to address the needs of students (ages ten to sixteen) who had committed detainable offenses and whom it had been determined would benefit from the program. S.T.A.R. would address the needs of these students by providing for their education while teaching teamwork, life skills, and drug education, while instilling a sense of pride and self-discipline in these youthful offenders.
The coordinated effort, which was the inception of the S.T.A.R. Program, began when the superintendent of the Conroe Independent School District accepted an offer from The Honorable Olen Underwood, 284th State District Court. Judge Underwood offered to provide assistance in resolving the escalating pattern of offenses being conmmitted on Conroe's campuses. Judge Underwood formed a team of professionals, which included Dr. Mel Brown, Executive Director, Montgomery County Juvenile Services, Chris Katner, Principal, Travis Junior High School, and Charles Stancil, Senior Chief, United States Navy (Ret.).
Through their efforts, the first S.T.A.R. Program was commissioned on September 15, 1993. Results were dramatic. Referrals from junior high schools decreased by forty-four percent (44%), grade point averages for court-ordered students increased an average twenty-seven percent (27%), and school attendance for the S.T.A.R. students was one hundred percent (100%).
Because of the decrease in offenses committed, the program was expanded to include a one-day prevention program and a thirty-day program for the school administrators to use for students who exhibited reapeated behavioral problems in the classroom. The objective of all three programs was to keep students in school where they belonged, while correcting unacceptable behavior.
Charles Stancil adapted this model into a private corporation, which replicates this proven program in school systems across the country. There are currently over fifty (50) programs established and maintained by S.T.A.R. Programs, Inc. in the United States.