14-Month Academic Program
Summer Session I
Summer Session I introduces new Scholars to the rigors and standards of Steppingstone work.Classes meet five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for six weeks. In addition to the academic subjects, Scholars take mandatory classes in study skills and participate in a social-emotional curriculum. Scholars also attend assemblies, participate in elective activities and Friday extra-curricular activities.
Small classes, averaging 13 students per class, are taught by experienced teachers from some of the areas top independent and public schools. Like the Scholars, members of the Steppingstone faculty come from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds. In addition, older Scholars are hired as teaching assistants to help with classroom activities, study halls, and electives.
14-Month Academic Program School Year Session
The School Year Session runs from September through May with the primary focus in the fall being math, English, and preparing for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The ISEE score is a significant factor for independent school admission. Steppingstone has created a curriculum in conjunction with Princeton Review to help Scholars prepare for this important test. The fifth graders attend classes once a week on Saturdays during the academic year.
14-Month Academic ProgramSummer Session II
Summer Session II builds on the skills introduced during the first summer and academic year. The session culminates with “Commencement,” a graduation ceremony where they receive their diplomas.