by The Milton Measure on Friday, October 14th, 2011
Steppingstone is a foundation that helps inner city youth prepare to attend top prep schools and colleges. Students from the program visited Milton on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 to see how the school could make an impact on their life.
Students apply to “Steppingstone Academy,” much like students apply to Milton. According to Milton Academy admissions officers Ms. Jacobi and Ms. Pleasants, Steppingstone has three academies- Academy 6, Academy 7, and Academy 9. A student applies to the program three years before they wish to enter an independent or public exam school, and the rigorous program, which starts the summer following the application process, acts as a supplement to the school he or she already attends. The students in the program are known as “scholars.”
Scholars attend classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays; They study subjects such as advanced math and English and prepare for any entrance examination. They also attend classes during two different summers, when they study science, Latin, “Perspectives” (a mixture of history and writing), and electives, thus preparing them to “apply to independent schools, take the ISEE, and hit the ground running when they arrive at their new school,” says Ms. Jacobi.
The various opportunities the Steppingstone program offers during the scholars’ high school experience include: Saturday morning study halls, SAT-prep courses, volunteer work, college visits, and a position as a teacher’s assistant at the Steppingstone summer program.
Bright Osajie (I), a student who entered Milton Academy through the program, says “Steppingstone has and will forever impact my life because it got me into Milton Academy. Without Steppingstone, I would not be at this amazing school, and the things I have learned and experienced from Milton have been possible through The Steppingstone Foundation.”
Once a Steppingstone Scholar is admitted into a school, he or she has an advisor/mentor at Steppingstone. The mentor stays in conctact with the scholar, assisting him with the college process. Ms. Jacobi highlighted that Steppingstone is really a path to success at college, and a strong secondary school education leads to this goal.
Through academies in Hartford, Philadelphia, and Boston, the Steppingstone Foundation prepares students to attend a wide array of independent schools, not just Milton Academy. Still, Milton has a unique a commitment to Steppingstone because the school hosts Steppingstone’s summer programs on campus. Milton has been hosting these programs for the past 8 years, and many Milton faculty members teach at them, including Mr. LaRochelle who has been teaching in the program for more than 5 years.
Milton Academy has a commitment to diversity, and Steppingstone makes Milton a better place while providing opportunities for students to be successful. Javon Ryan (II), who entered Milton through Steppingstone relates, “Steppingstone gave me the best opportunity one could ever ask for. I will forever be graciously indebted to the Foundation and the numerous faculty which even today continue to advise and guide me on my journey.”
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