Sarah Charles skipped several grades at a young age, showing an intelligence level and learning capacity far beyond other children. She graduated from Marion High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan at age 15. She received many awards for her scientific papers and projects, most notably her thesis on cyberware and its potential emotional impact on society.
Sarah applied to the S.T.A.R. Labs internship program while studying for her master's degrees at the University of Michigan. Due to her parents' involvement in the support for S.T.A.R. Labs she was moved to the top of the list.