The Steppingstone Academy Hartford is a 26-month preparatory program, for middle school students, provided by Hartford Youth Scholars (HYS).

 HYS recruits highly motivated 6th graders from area elementary and middle schools. Students are selected based on a variety of personal and academic qualities.

The Steppingstone Academy Hartford is a community of motivated, compassionate, responsible, and hard working Hartford students committed to becoming competitive and deserving applicants for admission into, and success at, some of the nation’s top independent, magnet and charter high schools.

Our mission is to reinforce, enrich, and expand Scholars’ education. Scholars are provided the meaningful opportunities, comprehensive resources, and accountability that teaches and encourages them to become mature and industrious adolescents.

To this end, Scholars will enjoy an ambitious experience – one that is not only personally rewarding, intellectually challenging, and academically stimulating, but that also helps Scholars develop the leadership skills and ethical sensibilities necessary for their success.

For more information about The Steppingstone Academy Hartford, you may contact us directly at 860.297.5114 or email [email protected].


The Steppingstone Academy Hartford

Summer Sessions

Prior to the start of Academy classes, Scholars and families attend Summer Academy Orientation.  During orientation, Scholars receive their Scholars Handbook, and HYS staff discusses Academy rules and expectations with families.  Clear expectations and consistent reminders of those expectations increase the chances of retention and prepare Scholars and families for the standards they must meet to be successful in high school and college.

The summer program is extremely rigorous. During the first weeks of Summer Session 1, Scholars report doing between 4-6 hours of homework a night.  By Week 2, Scholars begin to improve in their study and time management skills (with the help of these skill classes at The Academy), and homework decreases to approximately 2-3 hours per night.  Students have study hall and lunch period to get a head start or extra help from a faculty member.

Attendance, excellent behavior, and completed homework are required.   Scholars who display inappropriate behavior are issued work habit and behavior slips.  If a Scholar gets a homework or behavior slip, he or she must meet with his/her advisor and a follow-up discussion with the family is required.

Fall and Spring Sessions

Following the Summer Program, the Scholars return for Fall Session of The Academy, which begins with Fall Academy Orientation.  Scholars attend their regular 7th/8th grade classes at their area schools and then come to The Academy on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 P.M., and Saturdays from 9:00A.M. -1:00 P.M.   The Saturday coursework is focused on SSAT test preparation and study skills.  Spring Session follows the same schedule, but programming shifts to character development and higher level math and literature courses in preparation for high school for students in the 8th grade.