In 2002, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services asked Counseling and Consultation Services, Inc. to open a continuum of treatment services that could deal with adolescent boys who are experiencing multiple emotional and behavioral problems. This program would provide care, supervision, treatment and academic services to at risk adolescents. A major component of the residential and day treatment portions of the continuum of services would be an alternative school setting. SteppenStone Academy was established and is now a Category I school. An exceptional educational program is provided to students in grades 6-12 based on an individualized educational plan. SteppenStone Academy’s goal is to create an environment which will enable the strong general and special education program to motivate the students to succeed not only at SteppenStone Academy, but also in their community educational or vocational settings in the future.
SteppenStone Academy serves around 50 students per year of which approximately 55% are special education certified due to emotional, behavioral, or learning disabilities. On average, when entering SteppenStone Academy the students are functioning two years behind grade level. Over the course of attending SteppenStone Academy a student experiences on average an increase of 18 months in their academic functioning. SteppenStone Academy has graduated 33 adolescents.
The adolescents attending SteppenStone Academy are active daily in motor skills training under Coach Brigham Lyons.
In the Spring of 2015 the doors were opened to a brand-new building for SteppenStone Academy. This new facility boasts 2 classrooms, a library, and several offices.