Steppingstone provides free college-access programs to 1,600 students each year. Scholars are admitted in 4th or 5th grade and continue to receive preparation and support until they earn their college degrees. All Scholars take rigorous after-school and summer classes with Steppingstone, and a Steppingstone Advisor supports them throughout every stage of their academic career. To ensure Scholars’ success, Steppingstone also provides tutoring, counseling, workshops, college tours, individual college guidance, financial aid assistance, and more.

The Steppingstone Academy prepares motivated, underserved students for acceptance to and success at top independent, Catholic, and public exam schools in the greater Boston area. Scholars receive support in every part of the application process, including preparing for entrance exams and applying for financial aid, and continue to work closely with Steppingstone once they enroll at their new schools.

Steppingstone’s newest program, the College Success Academy, is designed to set more Boston Public School students on the path to college. To achieve this goal, CSA provides comprehensive academic, social-emotional, and college-readiness services to students at four BPS partner schools – the Thomas A. Edison School, Jackson/Mann School, Gardner Pilot Academy, and Donald McKay School.

The National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) is a membership association for organizations, programs, and institutions that are committed to educational access for underrepresented students. NPEA has more than 300 members in 34 states, and member organizations collectively serve more than 250,000 students nationwide. Through an annual conference, regional meetings, and professional development opportunities, NPEA strengthens the field of college access by disseminating best practices and key findings to programs across the country.

Learn how to apply to Steppingstone here.