What We Do

The Steppingstone Foundation runs three programs in Boston:


The Steppingstone Academy (TSA)

TSA prepares middle-grade students from historically marginalized communities for admission to and success at top independent, Catholic, and public exam schools through 14 months of rigorous academic preparation. After enrolling at their new schools, Scholars receive comprehensive support services to ensure they thrive, graduate from high school, and complete degrees at four-year colleges. Each year, The Steppingstone Academy serves nearly 1,000 Scholars in grades 5 through 12, as well as hundreds of Scholars in college.

The College Success Academy (CSA)

CSA, which welcomed its pilot class in July 2011, provides after-school and summer academic programming to students attending four Boston public K-8 schools: the Donald McKay, the Jackson/Mann, the Edison, and the Gardner Pilot Academy. Scholars participate in a program of academic preparation, modeled after The Steppingstone Academy, which spans two academic years and three summers. In grades 7 and 8, Scholars work with their Advisors and attend regular workshops and enrichment activities to ensure they stay on course for college. They also receive guidance in selecting the Boston public high schools that are right for them. Once in high school, Scholars receive comprehensive support services, including academic mentoring, social/emotional counseling, and college guidance.

The National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA)

NPEA is a membership organization that connects the people, practices, and innovations essential for eliminating barriers to educational access and college and career success for underserved students. NPEA has more than 325 members in 35 states. NPEA organizational members collectively serve more than 500,000 students nationwide.