Kipp-Step

2022 Is happening and in-person!

The KIPP STEP Summer Program at Deerfield provides a unique opportunity for selected seventh graders from local middle schools and from 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 courses in Biology and Adventures in the Anthropocene.

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.

Staff

  1. Jaimie Allen

    Nurse
    Experimentory Summer Program, KIPP/STEP, Health Services
  2. Jazz Baker

    KIPP Junior Student Proctor
    • Email
    KIPP/STEP
  3. Abby Cacho

    KIPP Dean of Enrichment
    • Email
    KIPP/STEP
  4. Raymond DeMartino

    Associate Director of Admission
    KIPP/STEP, Admission Office
  5. Daika Diefendorf

    Assistant Director of Nursing/Medication Nurse
    Experimentory Summer Program, KIPP/STEP, Health Services
  6. Toby Emerson

    Science Teacher
    Rising Scholars Program, KIPP/STEP, Science & Computer Science
  7. Jack Kinder

    KIPP PT Teacher Pool
    • Email
    KIPP/STEP
  8. Leah Moore

    English Teacher
    Rising Scholars Program, KIPP/STEP, English
  9. James Perry

    Science Teacher
    KIPP/STEP, Science & Computer Science
  10. Conrad Pitcher

    History and Social Science Teacher
    KIPP/STEP, History and Social Science
  11. Mark Scandling

    English Teacher
    KIPP/STEP, English
  12. Cara Soifer

    Nurse Practitioner
    Experimentory Summer Program, KIPP/STEP, Health Services
  13. Judon Streater

    KIPP Dean of Enrichment
    • Email
    KIPP/STEP
  14. Heidi Valk

    Science Teacher, Science Dept Chair, Director of KIPP
    KIPP/STEP, Science & Computer Science
  15. Liz Washburn

    Science Teacher
    KIPP/STEP, Science & Computer Science
  16. Parker Washburn

    Science Teacher
    KIPP/STEP, Science & Computer Science
  17. Caitlyn Welch

    Experimentory Program Coordinator
    Experimentory Summer Program, DASAC - Summer Arts Program, KIPP/STEP, Summer Programs Office