About Us

STARS is the leader in school-based Student Assistance Program services in Middle Tennessee. At STARS, we help schools tackle tough issues that threaten the emotional, psychological and academic well-being of area students — issues such as substance abuse, violence, bullying, harassment, family conflicts and divorce, grief and loss, and myriad of other concerns. Through assemblies, classroom presentations, and group or individual counseling sessions, STARS assists schools in preventing and confronting these difficult challenges.

Through our KIDS ON THE BLOCK program, we are able to reach students from Kindergarten through 6th grade on such topics as Child Abuse Prevention, Awareness of Differences, Prejudice Prevention, Making Healthy Choices, Autism, Divorce through the art of puppetry.

Today STARS serves more than 50 schools and community sites in 9 Middle Tennessee counties. We are the only organization providing Student Assistance Services in Middle Tennessee schools. This ensures that students and teachers can access services when they need them and facilitates communication. It also means that each STARS Specialist is an integral part of his or her school culture. In addition to school-based programs and services in Middle Tennessee, STARS is an important national resource for training and professional consults. In 2010-2011 academic year, more than 86,000 young people were served through STARS services!


[learn_more caption=”Click the arrow to read more –>”] Our puppets present in the following counties in Middle Tennessee:










To schedule a puppet performance for your school or community, please email us kidsontheblock@starsnashville.org. [/learn_more]  


(by county)
[tabs slidertype=”left tabs” fx=”slide”] [tabcontainer] [tabtext]Cheatham[/tabtext] [tabtext]Davidson[/tabtext] [tabtext]Dickson[/tabtext] [tabtext]Rutherford[/tabtext] [tabtext]Sumner[/tabtext] [tabtext]Williamson and Franklin Special Schools[/tabtext] [tabtext]Wilson[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]

  • Cheatham County High School
  • Harpeth High School
  • Sycamore High School[/tab] [tab]
  • David Lipscomb Campus Schools
  • Glencliff High School
  • Gra-Mar Middle School
  • Hillwood High School
  • Jere Baxter Middle School
  • Jere Baxter ALC (Alternative Learning Center)
  • Maplewood High School – 9th Grade Academy
  • Pearl Cohn High School
  • West End Middle School
  • Wright Middle School[/tab] [tab]
  • Creekwood High School
  • Dickson County High School[/tab] [tab]
  • LaVergne High School
  • Oakland High School[/tab] [tab]
  • Beech High School
  • Gallatin High School
  • Hendersonville High School
  • Portland High School
  • Station Camp High School
  • White House High School[/tab] [tab]
  • Brentwood High School
  • Brentwood Middle School
  • Centennial High School
  • Fairview High School
  • Fairview Middle School
  • Franklin High School
  • Freedom Middle School
  • Grassland Middle School
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Hillsboro Middle School
  • Independence High School
  • Middle College High School
  • Page High School
  • Page Middle School
  • Ravenwood High School
  • Spring Station Middle School
  • Sunset Middle School
  • Williamson County ALC (Alternative Learning Center)
  • Woodland Middle School[/tab] [tab]
  • Carroll Oakland Elementary School
  • Lebannon High School
  • Mt. Juliet High School
  • Mt. Juliet Middle School
  • Watertown Jr./Sr. High School
  • West Wilson Middle School
  • Wilson Central High School
  • M.A.P. Academy (Modified Academic Program)[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]

STARS welcomes and will serve individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders. We believe that every door is the right door to gain access to appropriate services in the integrated system of care.

STARS does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, creed, color, sex or national origin. No one shall be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any of STARS programs or activities. STARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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