Academic success is one of the most important goals for Steppingstone Scholars, who devote countless hours to their schoolwork and to enriching themselves through Steppingstone classes. Just as important to them, though, is learning to believe in themselves.
Coralie Sterlin, a sixth grader at the Edison K-8 School, knows that all too well. “Before I joined College Success Academy, I was really struggling a lot,” she says, recalling that she was a shy fourth-grader who lacked confidence in her academic abilities. During her first summer with Steppingstone, she participated in intensive ELA and math classes, as well as a number of electives, and she began to feel more comfortable in class with the knowledge that she had counselors and an Advisor to support her. Succeeding in fifth grade was just the confidence boost she needed to realize she was capable of achieving more. “That second summer, I was so ready to go to CSA!” she exclaims.
When asked about how CSA has changed her, Coralie enthusiastically describes not just how she’s improved her grades (an accomplishment of which she’s extremely proud), but also how the program has helped her gain confidence. “I love CSA so much. Now, I feel like I am smart!”
“In CSA, you can be yourself.”