STEP@Marymount is a unique program designed to provide enrichment and resource support to the Marymount student community. Jessica Cresta is our special education coordinator who is an experienced High school teacher who has taught in both the regular and special needs programs.

STEP has many functions. It coordinates and provides tutoring during the school day on a per period basis. Students having difficulties can request that the teacher allow them to visit Step during the subject period for individual help. If there is need, a student can visit STEP on a regular basis, coming out of core subjects to focus on difficulties experienced in those specific classes. In these cases, STEP coordinates assistance with the responsible teacher. Supervised by the regular staff, Dawson Social Service Program interns, Mc Gill student teachers, and volunteers from the community all cooperate to support the students using the STEP Program.

STEP also provides a place for enrichment and project based learning. Students wishing to research projects have the use of a small library and a full computer lab with 10 new computers on high-speed cable internet and a scanner. These are networked to an onsite laser printer. All internet use is screened by both the EMSB filter and the STEP staff. Students using the lab outside of class time are permitted to use e-mail, but chatting is prohibited.

STEP is also open to students before school and during lunch hour. Students may eat lunch there and a fridge and two microwaves are available to them. Staff members are always present as students work, surf the net, play, study and hang out in a safe supervised atmosphere. Students who need a sympathetic ear can always find one and all staff members are skilled at conflict resolution. Students having peer problems usually find them easily resolved if they approach the STEP staff.

We maintain a bank of school supplies and students need not hesitate to ask if they are short of anything. There is no charge for supplies as student success is our goal. We also keep a supply of nutritious snacks for those who have missed breakfast or have forgotten their lunch. STEP is always available to parents who have questions regarding any aspect of their son or daughter’s day-to-day life at Marymount Academy. We can be reached at (514) 482-1735 or at the Marymount number (514) 488-8144. STEP will also provide tracers for students who need them or general academic updates when requested by parents.