Steppingstone School has challenged our son in the classroom while providing a supportive and safe environment. He is learning problem solving and critical thinking skills at a young age, which will definitely benefit him throughout his life. Students are friendly and supportive of each other.
Steppingstone school is the only school I know that accepts gifted learners who are obviously struggling. My son entered Steppingstone in 6th grade. He experienced a great deal of struggle until the school pointed out that he skipped little words while reading and suggested that he could have an eye convergence issue. A test confirmed that while he had 20/20 vision he had eye convergence insufficiency causing him to strain so much at any close up work that it caused symptoms similar to ADD. The school and I have been working together and I am happy to report that my son is doing well in school! Something any parent wants to hear! The school will
adjust your child's learning plan. The only complaint I have is that the learning is not fully individualized.
Your child will be placed in a specific grade for all major subjects (these could be different grades for different subjects). Their pace is in part dependent on the classes progress.
Steppingstone School is a school with a strong academic focus. My child had tried both public and private schools before we arrived at this great institution. My child is finally challenged and getting a wonderful education. Every day my child arrives and leaves each school day happy because each day he is actually learning something new. He especially enjoys the critical thinking class where they reinforce and teach logical thinking. This school reflects our values in that each student is held responsible to get their homework done and also correct any mistakes they've made in their work so that the child is truly learning the material and not just memorizing what they've read. If your child is bored in school and isn't learning anything new don't let them languish there to the point where they are losing their enthusiasm for learning. Do you child a favor and send them to a place that specializes in expanding their minds, building their confidence and accelerating their capabilities.
Steppingstone School not only offers a top notch education in math, science, literature and social studies, they also teach art, music,computer and foreign languages. So many schools have abandoned their art and music programs and it's wonderful to have our son at a school that still thinks these are important subjects for a well-rounded education. Bravo, Steppingstone!!
Steppingstone is an amazing school that provides wonderful opportunities for individual growth and exploration. The education my daughter received there is unparalleled.
Steppingstone school is a one of a kind school. Not only are they genuinely interested in your kid's education but they are also interested in the parents education. Parents are actively involved in their child's education.
Steppingstone is the best thing that happened to our family's education. All three of mine enjoy learning, not afraid to ask difficult questions, and expect themselves to do their best. All that without receiving a single grade! The amazing philosophy of steppingstone involves individual approach ,teaching children to learn and be engaged in their education.
You would be hard pressed to find a school where the teachers and staff care more about the students and there families than Steppingstone. It is truly a community.
My son did not like school until he entered Steppingstone. No matter how hard he has to work; his new comment 'I love my school'.
Steppingstone school teaches students one of the most important tools for success in schools. They help students realize how they themselves learn best and how to learn in any environment. They truly prepare the kids for High school and beyond.
Five stars to a great little school with a big heart. The school community (parents, teachers, administrators and office help) is amazing. Individualized curriculum with emphasis on a child's interests make the school experience enjoyable.
Steppingstone is a resource for not only gifted students but their families and the regional gifted community. The teachers and administrators surround the students and their families with a supportive atmosphere that allows children who may have had horrific school experiences to excel academically and socially.
If you have a Gifted child, there is no other school you could attend in Michigan with this type of "individualized" attention. The other so-called gifted schools in the state have sold out for the numbers and for tuition. Steppingstone is truly a strong academically challenging school that is unique and has not compromised its 33-year mission for tuition dollars.
This school is amazing. They take the time to learn about each student. With that effort, they are able to best maximize the learning opportunities for each child. There is no overwhelming need to conform; no 'teaching to the test' but rather personal development and growth with the goal of nurturing well--rounded, happy and successful kids.
I have two children at this school, and am thrilled at the opportunities that they have here that were not available through public school. They are excited about learning, challenged in a positive way, and have amazing peers. In this environment where kindness and respectfulness are cultivated, my oldest underwent a transformation from despairing and cut off from other students (at public school) into an outgoing and engaging girl.
Our kids started at Steppingstone 6 years ago. There were many changes (location, enrollment, etc) but there were few things that have stayed true the entire time: - quality of teachers - quality of teaching -safe environment for all kids -challenging academics for each child (based on their individual levels) - encouraging In addition to the academics they also provide unique approach to kids learning about basic life skills once they get to the middle school class.
I attended this school back when it began in the 80's, and I feel that it really prepared me for the "real world." Because they focus on all aspects of development, not just academics or athletics, I felt that I graduated well-rounded in all areas - sports, art, music, academics, and interpersonal relationships. I was confident and capable, which was the greatest gift I could have received from my teachers and the environment. I was on the honor roll when I left, attended college and made honor roll there, and have just completed my master's.
After having exhaustively researched area schools for a strong curriculum with lots of basics plus foreign languages, art, music and more, that is taught to the individual child's needs (definately not 'to the test'!), Steppingstone is the best, hands down. Small, safe environment where teachers know all the kids, a climate of mutual respect and understanding, and a very good tuition value given all the attention and several free afterschool programs that are fantastic. Haven't found the 'perfect' school, but this one gets 'A''s in all the areas important to us. There is no gym, they do a great job with physical education and recess with the kids outside a lot and use of area facilities for things like ice skating, swim lessons, etc. (all covered by tuition). The teachers are well trained, communicative, and team-oriented. They graduate really good kids that are good workers, nice people and ready for high school honors classes.
Steppingstone School is an outstanding school for gifted children. Sending my son to Steppingstone was one of the best decisions that I have made. He attended for 8 years and is now a very successful High School student. Steppingstone has outstanding teachers, flexible program that allows your child to progress academically at a pace that continues to challenge them.
My two children have been at Steppingstone for 2 years. It has been a very good experience, especially for my son, who was having a lot of problems at his previous school (where they would call me at least twice a week to report his disruptive behavior). When he got to Steppingstone the problems melted away because he was no longer bored, frustrated, and angry. This made life in our home more peaceful too. The teachers are incredibly dedicated and available, and each of them welcomes phone calls in the evening for any issues that come up. The small size was appealing to us and helps to create a nice school community/environment where all of the teachers know all of the students.
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