Ask your child specific and detailed questions about the day. Talk to parents about what the homework is, what the typical homework workload is like on a daily basis; ask how assignments are taught and corrected; ask about mandatory physical activity and specifically 'conversions'; ask about their parent group and turnover associated with the group and the student body; ask about time commitments in addition to schooling/homework; talk to the teachers about what would cause them to send a child to the office; ask if it happens often; ASK. Listen. REPEAT.
As a parent of a Steppingstone student, I watch other student's come into the school and are transformed. Many have been traumatized in public school and within a few weeks are happy and productive students. I have witnessed other parents go from tears to smiles when they drop their child off to school at Steppingstone. It is truly a strong academic learning environment for the gifted. The reason the student body is small is because they have never comprised their standards for numbers or tuition as all of the gifted schools have done. They truly recognize a gifted student and educate them in an individualized setting like no other school in the state. They may not have all of the glitz and glamour as some of the larger schools, but the academic rigor is incomparable.
When do you decide that your child needs to have 'great education' and be challenged: when they are in elementary or middle or high school, or you do not worry about it until they (try to) get to the college? Steppingstone is small community on its own. Since our first child enrolled when he was 1st grade, we never looked back. Steppingstone provided encouraging, safe and stable environment for kids. The teachers and the school principal work with parents to help kids grow to be responsible, and confident
Enrolling our children here has transformed our lives individually and as a family by taking the boredom and struggle away and deeply engaging the kids as individuals. Stepping Stone is their extended 'family.' Every aspect of curriculum and instruction has been thoughtfully designed for quick learners, asynchronous or otherwise, addressing perfectionism and anxiety common in gifted kids. We are grateful that math here is not fuzzy- kids study a unit until they master it and only then move on. (Most Detroit-area private schools, including those for gifted, use Chicago/Everyday Math.) Teachers are firm AND fun. Learning is hands-on and experiential. They're also learning computer programming, how to design, conduct and interpret high level scientific research, as well as the challenging major world lamguages - Hindi, Chinese and Japanese. The kids are easily doing work a couple years advanced of what is being taught in most public and private schools. As parents we now feel confident our kids are learning what they need to be resourceful, happy and productive future leaders. Headmistress Kiyo Morse is a quiet educational pioneer. We love the school and faculty.
Steppingstone School The school is working diligently to raise funds for a STEM Robotics lab for all of the students to take part in. Steppingstone School is a school for uniquely gifted children . There is no other school in Michigan that provides the individualized learning that his school does. It is a blessing for parents of gifted children. This lab will offer additional learning opportunities for all students. The funding would be used to complete a lab and purchase the necessary materials.
Steppingstone has been a wonderful school for my son. He was having challenges conforming to the expectations for the large group teaching approach used in public schools. Steppingstone provides the right amount of challenge and individual attention that my son requires as a gifted child. They teach all of the students personal responsibility for their own actions. All of the standard subjects are covered in addition to advance science, computer programming and foreign languages for all ages.