Steppingstone provides free college-access programs to 1,600 students each year. These Scholars commit in 4th or 5th grade to the hard work necessary to graduate from college, and Steppingstone spends more than a decade preparing, advising, and supporting each one of them from age 10 until they earn their college degree.
In 2015, The Steppingstone Academy…
- Served approximately 1,000 Scholars in grades 5-12.
- Supported Scholars studying at almost 100 different schools throughout Boston (including exam, independent, public, parochial, and charter schools).
- Welcomed Nashoba Brooks as a new partner!
- Held three conferences to help middle and high school students stay on track for college. Each conference offered 10+ different workshops, covering topics such as transitioning to high school, understanding the college application process, mastering the art of interviewing, and preparing for the SATs. The 9th annual Support Services Conference had approximately 200 Scholars in attendance – up from fewer than 85 when we held our first conference in 2007!
- Traveled more than 500 miles with Scholars on Steppingstone’s four-day overnight college tour, visiting Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In 2015, the College Success Academy…
- Served 130 Scholars in grades 5-9.
- Enrolled its first class of East Boston Scholars at the Donald McKay K-8 School.
- Celebrated its first-ever Commencement! Scholars from CSA’s pilot class are now enrolled at high schools across the city, including Another Course to College, the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, Brighton High School, Snowden International School, Boston Community Leadership Academy, Boston Arts Academy, City on a Hill (Circuit Street and Dudley Square), TechBoston Academy, and the John D. O’Bryant School.
- Coordinated more than 50 volunteers to tutor Scholars during study hall, helping students build a strong foundation in essential academic subjects.
- During the school year, honored a total of 14 hardworking “Students of the Week” at the McKay School.
Next up: 2015 College Highlights
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.
Our commitment to each Scholar last for more than 10 years. 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 provides comprehensive support services, which include tutoring, counseling, workshops, college tours, individual college guidance, financial aid assistance, and more.