Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WHITE PLAINS – The school year is ending but not for a group of boys who have delayed the start of their much-anticipated summer vacation to participate in a month-long enrichment program at the all-boys Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, June 26-July 21.

No Summer Vacation…Yet

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Known at Stepinac’s STEP Program, the annual summer camp is designed to give students who will be entering the 7th, 8th and 9th grades in the fall a strong foundation in a wide range of disciplines and activities and a preview of the high school experience.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, the boys who hail from throughout Westchester and the Bronx, will participate in a variety of challenging classes and activities at Stepinac’s 24-acre campus comprising state-of-the-art class rooms, athletic fields and other facilities.

They will be in one two optional STEP Programs. The first is Full STEP that will allow students to choose one elective per subject and an activity/sport of their choice.

The electives grouped under six subjects are:

MATH: Major League Math, Mathematical Art

SCIENCE: Science Sleuths (Forensics), Robotics

ART: Painting/Drawing, Architecture

TECHNOLOGY: Web Design and Coding

ENGLISH: Graphic Novel, True Crime Fiction

HISTORY: History through Film and Music, Speech/Debate.

Among the Athletics and Activities choices are: golf, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, photography, strategy and logic board games, Italian, Spanish and French

No Summer Vacation…Yet

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In addition, there will be weekly clinics in martials arts and yoga as well as guest speakers and a mini career day.

The second STEP program is TACHS Prep which provides students with the tools necessary to achieve their maximum score for the upcoming Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) exam. They will be able to choose one elective per subject with the exception of the Math and English choices of the first STEP program. They will also have an opportunity to choose a sports/activity.

STEP students will have an opportunity to become acclimated with Stepinac’s groundbreaking learning environment which includes the first-of-its-kind all-digital textbook library. Combining traditional instruction by dedicated and inspired teachers with the latest digital technology, the school’s blended learning capability—which has earned Stepinac the reputation as a standard bearer in curriculum innovation— has been shown to significantly enhance the student’s learning experience and improve academic performance

Principal Paul Carty said that STEP is the successor of the school’s summer STAR program (Study, Think, Apply) begun 20 years ago which then was only a morning academic program. The program expanded 11 years ago to include a variety of sports and other activities and was renamed STEP.

Carty also noted that STEP mirrors Stepinac’s highly competitive academic and extracurricular program designed to help prepare students for college and leadership roles in keeping with the school’s 69-year tradition.

For more information on the two STEP programs, contact Diane Jaile, (914) 946-4800, Ex. 259, or via e-mail: djaile@stepinac.org.

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