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The Steppingstone Foundation

  • The Steppingstone Foundation
  • One Appleton Street, 4th Floor
  • Boston, MA 02116
  • Angela Bouchard
  • Vice President of Programs and Talent Development
  • (617) 423-6300

Program Description

The Steppingstone Academy prepares motivated, underserved students for acceptance to and success at top independent, Catholic, and public exam schools in the greater Boston area. Scholars, who are admitted the spring before their fifth- or sixth-grade year, participate in a rigorous course of academic preparation that spans two summers and one academic year.

To remediate achievement gaps and prepare for the demands of the most selective schools in New England, each Scholar puts in hundreds of hours of extra school work and prepares to take the Independent School Entrance Exam for admission to a selective school in the fall of his or her fifth- or sixth-grade year. Steppingstone Scholars and their families also work closely with experienced staff advisors to select and apply to those schools likely to offer the best fit and learning environment for each individual student. In addition to placement assistance, families receive financial aid counseling to assure that their demonstrated financial need can be met.

All this hard work pays off. Ninety percent of Scholars who have completed Steppingstone's demanding program of academic preparation gain admission to an independent, Catholic or public exam school. Virtually all of them go on to graduate high school, and 80 percent earn a four-year degree within six years.

While preparation is essential, sustained support is another key to Steppingstone Scholars success. Counseling, academic advising, tutoring, and college-readiness services continue throughout each Scholars middle-school and high-school years. Steppingstone College Services team offers additional help to undergraduate Scholars. And Alumni Relations provides an array of volunteer, social, and professional development opportunities to Alumni launching their careers.

Each year, The Steppingstone Academy serves nearly 1,000 Scholars in grades 5 through 12, as well as hundreds of Scholars in college. Around the country, more than 600 Steppingstone Alumni are contributing to their communities through various professions and post-graduate programs.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 775
  • Middle School: 375
  • Elementary School: 375
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Amherst College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
  • Harvard College
  • New York University
  • St. John's College (MD)
  • Syracuse University
  • Yale University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 90%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 80%