STAR Academy is a Tennessee Level 5 Reward School. It is the first elementary charter school in the North Memphis area, opened in August of the 2004-2005 school year servicing kindergarten through second grade students. The Academy was the vision of Edward Stephens, Jr. and was sponsored by the Golden Gate Development Corporation, a non-profit organization of Golden Gate Cathedral Church.
During the three years to follow, STAR Academy expanded to consecutively include 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. The Academy is located on the campus of Golden Gate Cathedral Church in a separate facility that houses a massive gymnasium, innovative technology, Accelerated Reader Library, and state-of-the-art Computer Lab, all in a safe environment monitored by security cameras and armed security guards.