Scholar Voice: Seeing risks as opportunities

Have you ever dwelled on all that can go wrong or felt afraid to take risks? Have your hands gotten shaky, your face red, and your body trembling with fear? If that has happened, know that it’s perfectly normal. A famous proverb is: you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.  Likewise, you…

Scholar Voice: It’s time for some resolutions

People sometimes look back on a year after it’s over and may not have had what they would consider a “perfect year” (which, by the way, is okay). I mean we’re human, we mess up, other people mess up and sometimes that can get us feeling down. That’s what the “imperfect” part of the year…

Scholar Voice: Let’s talk about role models

Role models are people that accomplish great things and have admirable qualities. Their sought-after traits differ from perspective, but generally they embody who someone aspires to be. They don’t necessarily have to be well-known people, just those who stand out in someone else’s eyes. One should always forge their own path in life, but it…

Scholar Voice: A behind the scenes look

Each year at Steppingstone I have attended the College Readiness Conference and participated in the activities and workshops designed for my specific grade. This year was the first time I experienced it from the perspective of a Peer Leader. Before the conference began, the Peer Leaders joined the Steppingstone staff on a walkthrough of day’s…

Meet Steppingstone’s Peer Leaders!

Arba – Hello, Steppingstone Scholars! My name is Arba, and I am one of the six new peer leaders this year. I was part of Academy Six and I commenced in 2013. I was born in Northern Italy as the daughter of Albanian immigrants, and I moved to Boston when I was seven years old. I…

Congratulations #CSAClass3!

On Thursday, June 1, Boston’s South End was filled with excitement, joy, and pride as Scholars, families, and friends gathered for the College Success Academy’s (CSA’s) 2017 Commencement ceremony. After years of hard work (including more than 1,000 hours of extra class time and constant dedication to their studies), Class 3 Scholars gathered to honor…

Scholar Voice: Setting Goals

Each year, a small group of 10th and 11th grade Scholars is selected to serve as Peer Leaders. Chosen for their leadership skills and dedication to Steppingstone, they’re responsible for tutoring and mentoring fellow Scholars. In addition, they share life lessons and goals in the quarterly Support Services Update. Nathalie Diaz-Troncoso ’13, a sophomore at Boston Latin…

Scholar Voice: Five Life Hacks For Surviving Steppingstone

Written by Ehinomeh, Grade 7 Hi, everyone! Are you ever in that position where you are feeling like, “Ahhhh! So much homework”? I know I am. Here are Five Life Hacks to Get You Through Dreadful but ‘Fun’ Homework. Before you start working, make sure your work area is clean! Because homework and dirty workspace…

My Search for Summer Opportunities

Carmen Esquivel ’12 is a sophomore at Newton Country Day School and a Steppingstone Peer Leader. This summer, she is traveling and pursuing leadership opportunities. She shared her thoughts on seeking meaningful summer experiences. In the past, I definitely did not do as much as I possibly could have when going about finding summer opportunities. My summer…

Spotlight on: Stephanie Granados

When Scholars are stuck on a tough math problem or challenging essay, they know they can turn to Steppingstone tutors for help. Stephanie Granados ’13, a high school Scholar, is one of those tutors. Stephanie volunteers her time at Steppingstone’s College Success Academy (CSA), where she serves as a role model and helps younger Scholars…

Next Stop, Hollywood! Scholar Movie: Allen’s First Week At Steppingstone

Scholars spend their summers hard at work in the classroom brushing up on academic subjects and getting ahead for the coming school year. It’s not all work, though, as they get the chance to participate in electives like Soccer, No-Bake Cooking, and Lego Challenge. This summer, Steppingstone Academy Scholars Allen and Julien had a blast making…

Scholar Voices: Commencement 2016

Commencement is always an exciting day for Scholars, families, and staff as they celebrate Scholars’ hard work and achievements. At The Steppingstone Academy’s August 13 commencement ceremony, three commencing Scholars shared their thoughts on what Steppingstone has meant to them. Rosaylin, Summer Two Scholar and rising seventh-grader at Boston Latin School Welcome, families and Scholars, to…