The KIPP STEP Summer Program at Deerfield Academy  provides a unique opportunity for selected rising eighth graders (current seventh graders) from three middle schools in the Pioneer Valley and dozens of KIPP middle schools around the nation to experience the academic rigor and lifestyle of a top boarding school. The program’s emphasis on science and ELA will develop students’ skills in research, writing, presentation, discussion, studying, time management, and critical thinking — skills necessary to find success in the most challenging academic environments. The program also aims to spark a passion for science in students through the intensive physics and biology focus.

Participants will benefit from the low student to teacher ratio, small class size, and intimate nature of the three-week residential program. The KIPP STEP Summer Program is intentionally designed for academically strong, intellectually curious students who exhibit character, personal responsibility, independence, leadership, teamwork, and a strong and sincere interest in attending a boarding school.

In partnership, KIPP and Deerfield Academy teachers design the curriculum and deliver instruction during the program. Students will engage in four 70-minute academic periods per day with additional time devoted to independent study, advisor meetings, sports, the arts, field trips and fun. Saturday morning classes will be held. Living on the Deerfield Academy campus in dormitories with adult supervision, student will experience the structured independence associated with boarding school life.

This page provides information about the 2018 program and application. If you have questions about KIPP STEP, please contact Program Director Heidi Valk.