Stepping Stone School supports its academic curriculum with specially selected programs and activities designed to expand our students’ knowledge and experience in health and wellness, communication and expression, music, dance, martial arts and technology.
Many of these enrichments are available to all Stepping Stone School students as part of their daily learning, at no additional fee:
American Sign Language [ASL] – ASL is introduced to Stepping Stone School students as infants, and continues to be taught and used every day in every classroom, up through our Advanced Kindergarten Readiness Academy. Sign language gives infants and toddlers, who don’t yet have the verbal skills to use spoken language, a way to express their needs, wants or feelings. And sign language provides preschoolers and pre-K students with a helpful illustrative and kinesthetic dimension as they learn sounds, words and simple sentences.
Fit for Life – Physical exercise comes naturally to and is a necessity for young children. Stepping Stone School offers children abundant opportunities for physical activity in age-appropriate indoor and outdoor play areas. Dancing, climbing, hopping, jumping, running or ball play are always part of the school day for our children. During the summer, our Sports & Fitness Camp is a free weekly enhancement, developed by six-year professional baseball player Blake Williams.
Family-style meals – Stepping Stone School serves healthy, gourmet lunches family-style to students to help them learn good table manners, healthy eating habits and how to serve themselves.
Journaling – At Stepping Stone School, we encourage and create opportunities for journaling as an important resource for self-expression, to process learning and to practice literacy skills.
Chess – These classes and tournaments provide a multitude of benefits to our young strategists! Children who play chess have been shown to improve their math and reading skills, but the benefits go far beyond academic.
Opus One music program – Stepping Stone School’s fun, age-appropriate Opus One music experience program gives your child the chance to explore an assortment of instruments, songs and creative movement. Every lesson includes music appreciation, singing, ear training, rhythmic patterns and the fundamentals of music. Activities are intended to promote physical and cognitive development, while enjoying a creative experience. Music education has been proven to improve concentration, memory and self-expression.
Dual Language Immersion Lab – These intensive language lessons give students a jump start at learning a second language.
Concentrated learning centers – Writing, reading and math centers are part of all age-appropriate classrooms at Stepping Stone School. Computer centers are included in every classroom beginning at age three, and many of our facilities include centrally located computer labs, as well.
Other extracurricular classes are available at many of our schools for a reasonable fee, paid directly to the enrichment program. Please ask the campus principal for information regarding a particular program:
Martial Arts – Our specially designed kung fu program features focused classes that advance students at their own pace, as they practice martial arts basics and techniques for self-protection. Not only do children strengthen their flexibility and stamina through the practice of martial arts, but they also develop strong character, and gain a feeling of success and pride by earning higher-level belts.
Dance – Led by trained, professional instructors, our age-appropriate dance classes let children creatively express themselves while learning and practicing the movement techniques of ballet, tap and jazz. Additional dance techniques are taught for older children. Recitals let family members witness the success of their tiny, skilled dancers.
Flippers Gymnastics – This pre-school gymnastics program is designed for boys and girls aged 2-6. Using a variety of equipment such as bars, beams and vaults, instructors highlight your little athlete’s skills by incorporating various music, shapes and visual aids. Each week brings a new and exciting curriculum to encourage your child’s physical ability. This non-competitive program will challenge, excite and reward your child. (Available at select locations.)