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.
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.
In response to this challenge, OhioGuidestone is leading the development and implementation of Stepstone Academy, a high performing charter school in the Central Neighborhood.
Since 1864, OhioGuidestone has been empowering children and famiies to reach their full potential. We believe this innovative charter school, coupled with our social service expertise, will have a transformational impact on the lives of students.
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 has access to flexible, customized programs through 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. For an in-depth look at the available programs and services visit www.OhioGuidestone.org
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.
Our unique model blends traditional classroom learning with online technology to maximize student success at a sustainable cost. Other strategies include:
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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3328 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Cleveland's Central Neighborhood