Steppingstone Parent Advocacy Resource Coalition (SPARC)

Mission

The mission of the Steppingstone Parent Advocacy Resource Coalition (SPARC) is for parents, administration, faculty, and staff to work together to achieve an optimal educational and developmental experience for Steppingstone students.

A Message from the SPARC Committee Chair

Welcome to Steppingstone School, the Center for Gifted Education. This is an independent day school for young-K through grade 8 gifted students where we believe in honoring excellence, celebrating intelligence, and rewarding creativity.

Our parent group is available to talk to you wherever you are in your educational journey. We invite you to join us by attending an upcoming Open House or guest speaker event. We look forward to meeting you to share our experiences with Steppingstone’s exceptional approach to empowering gifted children in Michigan.

Here are some of the compelling reasons to consider enrolling your children in Steppingstone and becoming a part of our parent community.

  1. The school administration and staff create a welcoming environment for students in which it is “cool” to be smart, to ask multiple questions, and to perform independent research of personal academic topics of interest. Students participate in a variety of hands-on projects and experiments, forming a diverse community of intellectual peers who encourage each other and collaborate effectively in teams.
  2. The teachers partner with parents to support each student’s personal growth with understanding and expertise. They foster continuous intellectual development by using flexible pacing, aligning the speed of instruction to each student’s learning ability. Students who demonstrate mastery of core subjects can advance to the next grade level in their curriculum while maintaining existing friendships with same-age peers.
  3. The school utilizes a challenging STEAM curriculum that provides a solid foundation for success in subsequent years. Student progression is achieved through a combination of problem-solving, critical thinking, and integrated application of key principles. This attention to detail provides a competitive advantage to students, enhancing their ability to excel in high school, college, and beyond.

Steppingstone utilizes a rolling admissions policy designed to address the complex educational needs of gifted students throughout the school year. Expand your children’s academic options by calling (248) 957-8200 to learn more about the powerful impact that Steppingstone School can make in your children’s education today.

Valerie Ames
SPARC Committee Chair

 

SPARC Steering Committee Meetings

Steppingstone Open House Intros

11 am Friday mornings
In the Son Room at Steppingstone School
30250 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
To RSVP, call (248) 957-8200

  • October 21, 2016
  • February 10, 2017
  • March 17, 2017
  • May 12, 2017

SPARClers

A Parent Support Seminar Series open to the public

Includes a Guest Expert, Round Table Discussions & Q & A

7 pm on Thursday Evenings
In the Son Room at Steppingstone School
30250 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
To RSVP, call (248) 957-8200

SPARCler Events

SEPT 29, 2016: Parenting for High Potential

Tom Clynes, author of The Boy Who Played With Fusion, a biography of a gifted child

OCT 27, 2016: High School & College Planning

Susan Sheth, MSU GATE Director
Priscilla McNeill, College Counselor

TUES, MAR 28, 2017: The Drama of the Gifted Marriage and Other Shades of Gray

Andy Mahoney, Psychologist, Ctr for Identity Potential (counseling for the gifted)

APR 27, 2017: Video Games and the Internet

Faith Makris, Psychologist, Addiction Counselor
In partnership w/ MAGC (MI Assoc for Gifted Children)

MAY 18, 2017: Parenting for Cyber-Safety for Children

Gopal Padinjaruveetil, Computer Security Analyst