Program Eligibility

The Steppingstone Foundation offers rigorous, tuition-free programs for Boston students seeking to succeed in middle school, high school, and college. Steppingstone offers two programs in Boston. Find out if your child is eligible:


The Steppingstone Academy

FAQ for The Steppingstone Academy

To be eligible, students must be Boston residents currently in their 4th or 5th grade year.  Applicants must have interest in applying to Boston Public Exam schools or independent schools. To learn more about The Steppingstone Academy click here. If you have any questions about your child’s eligibility or the application process, please call us at 617-423-6300 ext. 227.


College Success Academy

FAQ for the College Success Academy

4th grade students who attend schools in Allston-Brighton and East Boston are eligible for the College Success Academy. To learn more about the College Success Academy click here. If you have any questions about your child’s eligibility or the application process, please call us at 617-423-6300 ext. 276.


What do both programs look for?

Motivation: Students must be hard-working and willing to put in the extra effort it takes to succeed at their Steppingstone program and in school.

Family Support: Steppingstone programs are a family commitment and require active and involved parents or guardians.

Access: Steppingstone’s goal is to provide students with access to educational opportunities to which they might not otherwise be exposed.