What is STEP?
The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is one of 60 STEP programs in New York State. Serving 80 students, our STEP program is a collaboration of the New York State Department of Education, SUNY Morrisville and LaFayette Central School District (which consists of the LaFayette Big Picture School, LaFayette High School, and the Onondaga Nation School).
The STEP program will prepare historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students for college, and their pursuit of careers in mathematics, science, technology, health-related or licensed professions. To successfully accomplish this mission, the STEP Program will utilize a solution focused approach in providing a broad range of academic support services and enrichment activities to students in grades 7 - 12.
These services/activities will be focused on academic development, research experience, professional development and personal growth.
STEP Services Include:
- College credits from SUNY Morrisville
- Science, Math, and Technology-related enrichment courses, activities and field trips
- SAT, ACT, and Regents examination preparation
- College, career and personal counseling
- On site tutoring and instruction in most academic subjects during and after the school day throughout the academic year
- Extensive workforce preparation activities including career-related speakers, workshops and career days, trips to local companies/organizations, job shadows, and internships
- College Visits
- Assistance with college and financial aid applications
- Opportunities for hands-on research assistantships with college faculty
- Supervised research, service learning and community service projects
- Peer and Professional Mentoring
- Conferences, seminars, and workshops
- Summer programs and activities