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Founded in 1990, The Steppingstone Foundation is a non-profit organization that develops and implements programs which prepare underserved students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. Base don the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels academically if given the proper preparation and support, Steppingstone programs emphasize rigorous standards and achieve meaningful results.
The Steppingstone Foundation runs two academic preparation programs in Boston: The Steppingstone Academy (TSA) and the College Success Academy (CSA.)
The Steppingstone Academy prepares underserved middle-grade students for admission to, and success at, top independent, Catholic, and public exam schools through 14 months of rigorous academic preparation. 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, 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 7th and 8th grade, 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.