Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and what is the purpose?

STEP provides academic support services and enrichment activities to students in grades 7 – 12. The key components of STEP are the Saturday Learning Academy which is comprised of advising, counseling, academic instruction, a computer science enrichment program, tutorials, mentoring and Enrichment Activities which comprises other academic services such as field trips, workshops and cultural awareness programs.

When and where does the program meet during the academic year?

The STEP Program takes place on Saturdays in Sims Hall and the Science and Technology Center (Life Sciences Building) on Syracuse University’s campus from 10:00am-12:00pm from October to May of each year. Enrichment activities will take place from 12:15pm – 1:45pm. Sims Hall is located at 130 College Place which is the building directly across from the Q4 Parking lot.

What does the program offer?

The Saturday Learning Academy/Enrichment Program parallels and reinforces course work found in the conventional academic setting. Students will spend the academic year learning about computers, math, science, language arts and culture in addition preparation for SATs and New York State standardized exams.

Does the program provide transportation for its participants?

Students must have reliable transportation to and from activities (i.e. Saturday Learning Academy/Enrichment Program and Tutorials) sponsored by the STEP Program.

What are the grades that you serve?

The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) serves 7th -12 grade to prepare them for technical, scientific and health-related fields.

Is the STEP Program only for students within the Syracuse City School District?

No, STEP is for all students 7th through 12th grade residing Syracuse as well as five surrounding communities and parochial schools.

Is there application fee or program tuition?

There is no application fee or program tuition however there will be nominal fees for some activities/ field trips.

Can my child be involved with other programs?

Yes the student can be involved in LPP, Gear-Up, Say Yes and other school activities however they cannot be involved in Upward Bound and both Syracuse University STEP and Le Moyne College STEP or any program that conflicts with STEP Saturday Learning Academy.

When are applications sent out?

Applications for the fall are sent out to returning students in late August and due back in September. If your child was not a part of STEP the previous year you would need to contact the STEP Office to receive an application at 315-443-9171 or by email at step@syr.edu. The application is also available on our Forms and Permission Slips page until all program slots have been filled.

Do you offer tutoring?

Yes, as participants in the program, students can take advantage of math and science tutorials on as needed basis. Saturday Tutorials begin at approximately 12:15pm – 1:45pm following the Saturday Learning Academy. These services are provided to the students at no cost.

Who are the academic instructors and tutors?

Academic instructors consist of administrators and staff members from Syracuse University. Graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the scientific, technical and health- related field also serve as instructors. Undergraduate and graduate students work as tutors during the academic year.