Students ready for success.

Students That Are Ready...
for success!


Lehigh University

Academic Outreach

618 Brodhead Avenue

Bethlehem PA 18015

P: 610-758-4802

F: 610-758-5940

History of S.T.A.R. Academy

The S.T.A.R. (Students That  Are Ready) program was founded at Lehigh University by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Odi in the fall of 1989. S.T.A.R. was designed as an early intervention program to enrich and enhance the academic performance of economically disadvantaged and academically at-risk middle school students. The pilot program consisted of 20 students from Broughal Middle School, who were paired with a Lehigh University student volunteer. The program met on five Saturdays during the academic year for a half a day, which included one-on-one tutoring/mentoring, lunch, and demonstration sessions at no cost to students and families.

In 1991, communication and study skills sessions were added to the program for a broader educational experience. The program expanded to include high school students, began offering free breakfasts and lunches, and added additional Saturdays to the academic year schedule. 

Demand from schools in surrounding communities increased, so students from other area schools matriculated into the program. A three week summer camp in math and science for 6th-8th graders was added to further support demand. To adequately reflect the comprehensiveness of these activities, the name was changed to S.T.A.R. Academy.


to empower students and to prepare them for higher education.



S.T.A.R. Academy is dedicated to achieving it's vision through:

Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence...
is obtainable!