The KIPP STEP Summer Program at Deerfield Academy  provides a unique opportunity for selected rising eighth graders (current seventh graders) from middle schools in western Massachusetts and 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.

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 study halls, advisor meetings, sports, the arts, field trips and fun. The field trips take place on the weekends and are both physically active and educational. 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 2019 program and application. If you have questions about KIPP STEP, please contact Program Director Heidi Valk.