Congratulations, Admitted Scholars!

“Everyone is extraordinary in their own way. On a scale of 1 to 10, I want TSA a 100 because I know they will help me succeed and I want that. There is no difference between myself and everyone else. They will set high expectations for us all.”

After a busy and exciting admissions season, we were thrilled to accept 142 new Scholars to The Steppingstone Academy (TSA) and the College Success Academy (CSA). These motivated students were selected after a competitive process that included essays, teacher recommendations, testing, and interviews (you’ll see actual quotations from accepted Scholars’ interviews throughout this article). It was inspirational to meet so many fourth and fifth grade students who are already so committed to their academic success and to improving their futures. We can’t wait to spend the next 10+ years working with them.

The Steppingstone Academy

Of the Scholars admitted, 86% will be first-generation college students! A few more statistics about TSA’s newest class:

TSA Academy 6: 26 Scholars

46% male, 54% female
58% were nominated by their teachers
62% qualify for free/reduced meals (based on family income)
6 Legacy Families

Students come from 17 distinct schools…

…and 9 distinct neighborhoods.
Dorchester (9)
Boston – other (5)
Hyde Park (5)
East Boston (2)
Mattapan (1)
Roslindale (1)
Roxbury (1)
South Boston (1)
West Roxbury (1)

“Sometimes I dream of going to Harvard. I just dream of going to Harvard and doing big things.”

Academy 7: 85 Scholars

42% male, 58% female
45% black, 35% Hispanic, 12% Asian, 7% white, 1% multiracial
66% were nominated by their teachers
62% qualify for free/reduced meals (based on family income)
15 Legacy families

Students come from 50 distinct schools…

“I prefer Math to recess, because I’m that kind of kid.”

…and 12 distinct neighborhoods.
Dorchester (25)
Hyde Park (11)
Boston – other (10)
Roxbury (10)
East Boston (7)
Roslindale (7)
Jamaica Plain (4)
South Boston (3)
West Roxbury (3)
Brighton (2)
Mattapan (2)
South End (1)

College Success Academy

Allston/Brighton and East Boston sites: 30 Scholars

48% male, 52% female
97% were nominated by their teachers
77% qualify for free/reduced meals (based on family income)

Congratulations to the incoming classes of Scholars!
We can’t wait to welcome you into the Steppingstone family!