A Day In The Life of a Summer Scholar

Steppingstone Scholars don’t slow down during the summer – if anything, they’re busier than ever, as they spend their days in intensive classes honing their math, science, and language arts skills. But Steppingstone knows that the path to college doesn’t just lead through the classroom. In addition to academic classes, summer session is filled with activities and classes designed to help Scholars navigate the rest of the high school experience. If you were a Steppingstone Scholar, this is what your summer days might look like.


7:45 a.m – Arrival

Scholars arrive at the Milton Academy campus via bus (provided free of charge by Steppingstone) and spend time talking to friends and teachers before classes begin.

8:35 a.m. – Reading

Today, the class is analyzing the plot and characters of The Giver and discussing how the society in the book frowns upon those who are “different” in any way.


9:25 a.m. – Prima Lingua

The teacher challenges the class to recite the Steppingstone oath in Latin. She then hands out a worksheet for Scholars to try to convert important historical dates to Roman numerals.


10:25 a.m. – Math

Word problems are the name of the game. The Scholars split into small groups and work together to find clues in each problem.


11:25 a.m. – Perspectives

The Scholars are out of their seats preparing and performing skits explaining each amendment to the Constitution.



12:00 p.m. – Lunch!

After a busy morning, it’s time to catch up with friends and maybe even play a game of tag. Summer session is a great time for Scholars to bond with friends they’ve met through their after school Steppingstone classes.



12:35 p.m. – aPlay

Scholars work on teamwork and communication as they try to send a signal with their hands around the circle without speaking.

1:00 p.m. – Science

Scholars don their safety goggles and test calcium chloride’s and baking soda’s reactions with water. Later on, they’ll develop conclusions and determine whether their hypotheses were correct.

2:00 p.m. – Challenges and Choices

The teacher asks students to draw faces representing a time they felt a strong emotion and to write about why they felt that way. The class then talks about social communication and the differences between introverts and extroverts.


2:45 p.m. – Study Hall

Older Scholars and teachers around the room are ready to offer homework help and tutoring.

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3:25 p.m. – Dismissal

It’s been a busy, productive day, and tomorrow it will start all over again!