Steppingstone is not just focused on helping students gain admission to placement schools. We prepare Scholars to flourish at their schools, both in the classroom and in the community. The Steppingstone curriculum emphasizes the development of skills in a rigorous and engaging culture of active learning. Scholars leave Steppingstone with the fundamental skills that allow them to find success in middle school, high school, and college.

Below are some of the highlights of The Steppingstone Academy’s and the College Success Academy’s academic preparation curricula.

Steppingstone prepares Scholars for academic competency in these core areas

  • Expository and persuasive writing skills
  • Oral communication and public speaking
  • Reading comprehension (Sample texts include: Lord of the Flies; To Kill a Mockingbird; The House on Mango Street; Bad Boy; The Giver; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.)
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Study skills and self-advocacy
  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Pre-algebra and algebra
  • Foreign language skills

Our Curriculum

  • Offers rigorous academic content and coursework, and sets high standards.
  • Provides comprehensive preparation for standardized tests.
  • Teaches students how to be active learners and critical thinkers.
  • Offers a safe environment where Scholars feel comfortable trying new things and taking risks.
  • Encourages Scholars to become integral members of a community of students who share common goals.
  • Employs a variety of pedagogical methods including discussion-centered learning; public speaking; and self-evaluation.

Challenges and Choices as well as Advisory, both led by the Steppingstone counseling team, are life skills classes. Scholars work in small groups to address topics including conflict resolution, peer pressure, diversity, coping skills, and healthy decision-making.

Electives are offered to engage Scholars in applications of the academic skills they are learning and to nurture some of their passions. Scholars will try new activities and feel comfortable taking risks. Examples of elective courses include Debate, Engineering and Gears, Lab Science, and Caribbean/Latin Dance. Electives are a way to meet Scholars outside of the classroom, spark new interests, and build our community.