The focus of Adelphi's STEP Program is to expose students to the skills, knowledge and methodology required for success in a variety of STEM focused and licensed careers. We look forward to accepting our new group of students and working with you to ensure that the program is beneficial to your child.

Our Mission is to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college, and improve their participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health-related fields, and the licensed professions.

You can teach a student a lesson for a day, but if you teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will bontinue the learning process as long as he lives.

Clay P. Bedford

Eligibility for STEP

STEP serves students from the Hempstead, West Hempstead, Westbury, Freeport, Malverne, Valley Stream school districts. Students that are outside of these school districts may join if enrollment space is available.

Students must be:

  • Enrolled in Grades 7-12
  • Economically disadvantaged*, or
    Black, African American/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian; and will benefit from academic enrichment.

Components for Healthy Student Success in STEP

  • Saturday STEM Academy with supplemental instruction in all core classes to improve students’ skills and abilities
  • Math and Science enrichment, mentoring, and after-school tutoring
  • Regents Review
  • SAT/ACT Princeton Review
  • AP Chemistry Lab/Tutorial
  • Research Opportunities with Adelphi Faculty
  • 3 Credit Psychology Course for Seniors
  • New York State & HBCU College Tours
  • 4 – Week Summer Enrichment Programs
  • Field Trips: Brookhaven National Laboratories, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Science Museum. Aquarium, and more
  • VEX Robotics, Lego Robotics, & Drone Competitions/Challenges
  • Mentoring In Medicine (Health Careers) Conference
  • PIE – Parents in Education organization to support parents
  • Leadership and Professional Development Opportunities

STEP Program Awards

Affiliated Schools

Westbury UFSD, Hempstead UFSD, Malverne UFSD, West Hempstead UFSD, Valley Stream UFSD, Freeport UFSD

Note: If you do not go to any of the affiliated schools, you are still eligible to participate in the program as long as you meet the eligibility criteria above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Adelphi’s School Science Advancement Program provides academic enrichment in science and mathematics content areas to 7-12 grade students. Through a menu of classes, workshops, conferences and mentoring programs, SSA/NYSTEP empowers students to build fabulous college resumes and to improve the participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health related fields and the licensed professions.

Contact your school guidance counselor for an Adelphi SSA/NYS STEP application or call the Adelphi SSA/NYSSTEP director at 516.237.8622.

STEP serves students from the Hempstead, West Hempstead, Westbury, Freeport, Malverne, Valley Stream school districts. Students that are outside of these school districts may join if enrollment space is available. 

  • Enrolled in grades 7-12
  • New York state resident (or permanent resident alien)
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan native) OR meet income guidelines and have an overall GPA of 65 or better

Saturday Academy is conducted on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Adelphi University in the Science Building.

  • AP Class
  • Regents review class
  • Technology Robotics
  • SAT preparation
  • College Application preparation workshops
  • Hands-on science and mathematics enrichment and one-one tutoring
  • Train in research methods in college laboratories
  • Become prepared for regional and statewide competitions
  • Attend summer programs
  • Receive standardized test preparation for SAT and PSAT
  • Obtain help with the entire college application process, including college visits
  • Attend Long Island SSA/NYS STEP Consortium Activities and statewide conferences
  • Program for SSA/NYS STEP parents
  • Mentoring by SSA/NYS STEP students
  • Connect to businesses through field trips and mentoring
  • Learn about different careers through career awareness and development activities
  • Enjoy the social events and become part of a community of learners

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