Getting into a new school is a crucial first step, but long-term success
requires sustained commitment from the Scholars and their families,
and continued support from Steppingstone. The Support Services department
is designed to help all Scholars who have completed the 14-month component
to excel academically, participate in enriching extracurricular activities,
and go on to succeed in and graduate from college.
The Support Services staff seeks to stay abreast of each Scholar’s
individual situation. Staff members serve as Advisors to the Scholars
and maintain close contact with the placement schools to ensure that
academic and social needs are being met. Tutoring, counseling, summer
job placement, college guidance, and group activities such as sports
events, trips to the movies, or museums are all a part of what is offered
through Support Services.
In addition to working directly with the Scholars, the Support Services
staff also strives to work with placement school personnel on issues
of multiculturalism and diversity. These services are designed to help
foster an atmosphere where both the Scholars and their peers can feel
emotionally self-confident and thrive academically. The strength of
Support Services lies in its ability to help the Scholars transition
effectively between their school and home environments.
Steppingstone provides college counseling services to all Scholars.
The goal of the College Counseling program is to help Scholars get into
a four-year college. While most of Steppingstone’s placement schools
offer comprehensive college counseling programs, Steppingstone supplements
their efforts to ensure a successful application process. Steppingstone’s
high school Advisors begin working with Scholars in the ninth grade
and continue throughout high school. Services include extensive workshops
on the application process, the essay, financial aid and scholarships,
a discounted Kaplan SAT prep course, group college tours, and seminars
with college admission representatives.
Steppingstone is concerned with the health and happiness of the Scholars.
The Counselor works closely with them to make sure their experience
in middle school and high school is not only academically rewarding,
but emotionally meaningful and stable, as well. The Counselor runs discussion
groups and forums on topics such as transitions and diversity; serves
as a liaison between Scholars, families, and schools regarding the Scholars'
physical, mental, and emotional development; and makes herself available
for one-on-one counseling.
Parent Advisory Council
Steppingstone parents and guardians embrace the support that Steppingstone
continues to offer Scholars after they have completed the initial 14
months. The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is an organized group of parents
and guardians who meet to discuss issues of common concern. They plan
events for Steppingstone families, act as liaisons between the parent
body and the Steppingstone staff, and welcome new families into the
Peer Leadership Program
In response to the ongoing commitment Steppingstone gives the Scholars,
many of them, in turn, commit to supporting Steppingstone by participating
in the Peer Leadership Program. Scholars may head or serve on various
committees which work to plan reunions, organize volunteers, and discuss
pertinent issues through panels and lectures. Being a member of the Peer Leadership Program
is a fantastic leadership opportunity for the Scholars.
Upromise is helping Steppingstone scholars go to college-and you can
be a part of it. Membership is FREE. Joining is easy.