Stepstone Achieves Amazing Results for the Children of the Central Neighborhood

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When our students began school in August 2012, they had average reading and math scores in the bottom 10% nationally. Although our students were projected to make minimal academic progress, their ranking increased to between the 63rd and 77th percentile. Most importantly, all of our young scholars now open a book and read. Their academic furures are bright!

We are answering an important call for action.

While there are no simple solutions to the multi-faceted problem of generational poverty, making sure children have access to excellent schools is a starting point.

Research indicates

  • A solid elementary education is critical to developing adequate literacy skills needed to secure employment and function in society
  • Without a college degree or equivalent, opportunities to obtain stable, lasting employment, and the means to provide for a family, are severely limited

Unfortunately, the children of Central do not currently have access to the high quality education they need and deserve. The neighborhood's public elementary schools have been designated in Academic Emergency by the State of ohio, and there are no alternative charter schools in the area.

Best Practices

Stepstone Academy is based on the best practices of charter schools throughout the country. It is being designed with the counsel of Perry White, founder of Citizens Academy, one of only 300 National Blue Ribbon schools in the United States.

Access to Services

The children and families of Stepstone have access to flexible, customized programs through a partnership with OhioGuidestone. These programs, ranging from early childhood mental health services to group therapy to workforce development, are designed to preserve family relationships, help make children and families more self-sufficient and reduce their need for future social services or court interventions. 

Unique Culture

We are one of the first charter schools in the U.S. to integrate an aspirational, no-excuses culture with a wide array of learning tools for children and families.

Excellent Formula for a Strong Education

Our rigorous curriculum focuses on inspiration, citizenship, character development and competence in reading and math. We hold everyone accountable for achieving excellent results, including board members, staff, children and parents.

Teaching Strategies

Our unique model blends traditional classroom learning with online technology to maximize student success at a sustainable cost. Other strategies include:

  • Two teachers per classroom
  • Two hours a day dedicated to both math and reading (four hours total)
  • A regular assessment of student progress to adjust and individualize instruction accordingly
  • A six-week summer program and after-school and Saturday programs in reading and math

Extended School Day

Our school day runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. (196 instructional hours per year above the state standard). Students will come to school on time, in uniform and prepared to learn.

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