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How does the Steppingstone Scholars Program work?
After gaining admission to the Steppingstone Scholars Program in the fourth grade, currently the only entry point for the Program, Scholars participate in a rigorous academic preparation component that spans 14-months. Upon completion of the 14-month component, students are placed in college preparatory schools in sixth grade. Steppingstone provides comprehensive support services, including college counseling, through middle and high school. Learn more about the Program.
How many children are served by the Program?
Steppingstone Scholars will serve 292 children, ages 10 to 18, with Academic Preparation and Support Services programming during 2011-2012.
Where do the teachers come from?
Steppingstone teachers come from a variety of independent and public schools in the Greater Philadelphia region. In addition, Steppingstone also looks to hire recent college graduates and business professionals who are hoping to enter the teaching profession. All Steppingstone faculty members have at least a bachelor’s degree.
Where do the Scholars come from?
Steppingstone Scholars serves youth, ages 10-18 in the Greater Philadelphia region. Most of the students are from North and West Philadelphia, Germantown, Olney, Kensington and East and West Oak Lane.
What makes Steppingstone unique?
Steppingstone admits families, not just Scholars. Parents or guardians are involved in the process from the moment they fill out an application until the Scholar’s graduation from high school. Also, Steppingstone works closely with college preparatory schools which are designated Steppingstone placement schools. The commitment placement schools make to Steppingstone Scholars reflects their interest in becoming more inclusive educational communities.
When was Steppingstone Scholars founded?
The Steppingstone Scholars Program was launched in Philadelphia in 1999 as the first affiliate outside of Boston of the Steppingstone Foundation. The Steppingstone Foundation began in Boston in 1990 with the mission of developing and implementing academic programs for 5th – 7th grade children from educationally underprivileged backgrounds. Steppingstone Boston has grown to serve more than 1,000 Scholars, many of whom are now Steppingstone alumni, with degrees from colleges and universities nationwide. Learn more About Us.
Are there volunteer opportunities at Steppingstone Scholars?
Steppingstone is always looking for volunteers to serve as tutors during the Saturday Tutoring Program. This takes place for three hours on Saturdays during the academic school year. Learn how to Become a Tutor.
How can I support Steppingstone Scholars?
Because Steppingstone does not charge tuition, we count on the generosity of our supporters. There are many ways to become involved. Learn how to Become a Supporter.