Our Mission

Steppingstone is dedicated to providing a superior learning environment for the uniquely gifted child: academically, intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally.

A Message from the Head of School

Welcome to Steppingstone School. We invite you to explore the Steppingstone approach to teaching and developing gifted children from early Kindergarten through Grade 8. After more than 30 years of existence, Steppingstone has fine-tuned the school experience for gifted children. Understanding your child’s personal social and emotional perspectives, we provide individualized intellectual and academic challenges. The pace, structure and content are inherently different from what is commonly beneficial for the average child. Because gifted children display an ability to learn rapidly and understand deep complexities, they need an educational program that provides a rapid learning pace, and continually challenges their intellect. We use a variety of teaching approaches as well as the in-depth study of a wide variety of subjects in order to bolster both their interest and motivation. We have found that this method helps them reach their full potential, something that is seldom possible in other schools. Gifted children also benefit from a classroom filled with intellectual peers who understand their perspectives and jokes, providing friendship and emotional support that is difficult to achieve in a typical classroom. This may be the first time your child feels the satisfaction and joy that comes from being challenged by exceptional peers. In general, our students graduate from the 8th grade performing in the 95-99+ percentile for academic achievement, thus meeting our goal of facilitating the development of talented, well-balanced and motivated young adults who can take their place as the leaders and visionaries of tomorrow. Again, we welcome you as partners in “Unlocking the Gifts” of your unique and special child.

“We welcome you as partners in 'Unlocking the Gifts' of your unique and special child.”

Kiyo Morse, Head Of School


In our educational philosophy and teaching methods, we recognize that gifted children are wonderfully made, are diverse and complex, and are on a unique developmental cycle. Therefore, we nurture and educate them in a way that unlocks their special qualities. We treat each student as an individual with understanding and compassion. Unfortunately, many gifted children are not identified or understood, especially at preschool and early elementary school ages. As a consequence, many of these high-potential learners don’t reach their potential.


Academically, we have developed a student-centered, differentiated curriculum. Our program is designed around the characteristics of the gifted/high potential learner; we accommodate their academic, intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs. Merely varying the degree of difficulty, increasing the pace, or just giving a student more of the same work does not yield a differentiated curriculum. We provide a safe place to be smart and to be with intellectual peers; we provide a place where the gifted child can have friends; we provide a place where excellence is honored, intelligence is celebrated, and creativity is rewarded.

Meet Our Team


Kiyo A. Morse

Head Of School

Keiko Morse Woods

Main Faculty Chair

Jordan Johnson

Mathematics & Foreign Language Chair

John Wright

Music Program Head

Amber Talaski

Marketing and Public Relations

Jason Roder

IT Specialist