College Success Academy
Students in four Boston public schools are invited to apply

Admission to the College Success Academy is selective and eligibility is limited to students enrolled at three K-8 schools in Allston-Brighton and the Donald McKay K-8 School in East Boston. The strongest candidates are hard-working, motivated middle-school students who enjoy being challenged and would benefit from an intensive academic program.

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Bergeline Hilaire talks about the boost provided by College Success Academy

Bergeline Hilaire’s parents have dreams for their daughter. And now they are coming true. “My Advisor supported me since day one. When I was at my lowest, she always helped me stay on track.”

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Steppingstone serves middle-school students in four Boston Public schools

The College Success Academy currently enrolls students from three partner schools in Allston-Brighton and one partner school in East Boston. We welcome inquiries and interest from other public schools in Boston.

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If you are the parent, guardian or teacher of a hard-working student at the Thomas A. Edison School, the Jackson/Mann School, the Gardner Pilot Academy, or the Donald McKay School, you may want to learn more about how we can set that student on the path to earning a four-year college degree.

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Helping Students Excel in Public School

“Steppingstone fills the college mindset gap. That’s so important, especially in a community like East Boston, which is made up of so many first-generation arrivals. The majority of the kids we serve don’t have someone close to them who’s gone to college, so we’re really trying to change generations of lives. If a Scholar goes to college and is the first in their family to do that, then college becomes the reality and the expectation for future generations. If we do this work right and we do this work well, its legacy will continue long after we’re gone.”

Jordan Weymer, Principal of East Boston’s McKay School

Piloted in 2011, the College Success Academy (CSA) offers rigorous, tuition-free programs for Boston Public School students seeking to succeed in high school and pursue a college education. Promising 4th grade students at the Thomas A. Edison K-8 School, the Gardner Pilot Academy, the Jackson/Mann K-8 School, and the Donald McKay K-8 School are eligible to apply to the College Success Academy.

Designed to set more Boston Public School students on the path to college, the College Success Academy strengthens the academic skills of Scholars while they are in their crucial middle-school years. After providing four years of academic preparation and comprehensive support, the program helps students select and transition into a Boston Public high school that is right for them. Throughout their high school years, Scholars receive academic mentoring, social and emotional counseling, as well as college guidance.

The College Success Academy targets students who plan to remain in Boston Public Schools. All Scholars are enrolled in one of CSA’s partner schools, and continue to attend that school throughout their four years of preparation with Steppingstone.