STEP Academy provides student support services to promote student achievement, empower students, and encourage personal growth. We offer a combination of programs for students at all grade levels, K-12. Dedicated staff meet with students Monday through Thursday for 30-40 minute sessions. These sessions take place in or out of the general classroom. During these small group sessions, students have the opportunity to improve on their math, reading, and English skills which will help them reach their academic goals.

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English Language Learners (ELL)

English Language Learners -The long-term goal of Step Academy’s ELL program is for all students to show growth in both social and academic language in oral and written forms in order to maintain or improve their GPAs in transition to general education and college-level courses.


Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention – The goal of STEP Academy’s Response to Intervention program is to assure that students receive the extra help they need to meet grade level standards in Reading and Mathematics. This will be accomplished through the use of 1-on-1 or small group instruction using research-based interventions. By improving students’ basic skills, this program will reduce the number of students who require referral to Special Education services, reduce the number of students who misbehave because they want to avoid difficult tasks, and increase the number of students who can successfully complete grade-level work in all content areas. RTI is not the same thing as Special Education, and its purpose is not to place students in Special Education. The purpose of the RTI program is to provide students with extra instruction to bring them up to grade level.


Special Programs

Special Programs – At STEP Academy, we believe all students can learn and deserve to have their educational needs met. A specialized educational program, is specially designed instruction based on the needs of an individual student. As required by law, STEP Academy provides a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities from Kind. through age 21 who attend school. A team develops, implements and reviews each student’s individual program.The goal is that all students will become lifelong learners and functional members of the society. In addition, students will be active participants and responsible for understanding their disabilities in order to advocate for themselves.