“A step in the right direction”

Our Program

The STAIRS Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that expands the educational opportunities available to disadvantaged youth. The STAIRS Program provides exceptional educational benefits with no financial cost to its participants. We currently target gifted and talented sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from several middle schools in south Dallas including partnerships with: St. Philips Episcopal School, St. Philip and St. Augustine Catholic Academy, and St. Mary of Carmel School. The STAIRS program helps bridge academic and social gaps through tutoring, mentoring, and community involvement in order to develop STAIRS students' cognitive and social development. Our instructors work with students a total of 15 sessions held on either Saturday or Sunday throughout the school year to advance student's English, math, and study skills.

STAIRS sessions consist of two sections:
  1. The academic section
  2. The activity section, Stepping Out After STAIRS

Each session is three hours long and includes an academic lesson, ice-breaker activity, and interaction time between the high school mentors and students. Saturday sessions are followed by Stepping Out, either a bonding activity or a community service opportunity for the students, while Sundays are reserved solely for academic sessions in the form of English, Math, and Study Skills lessons.

Each session takes place at one of the participating high schools: Episcopal School of Dallas, The Hockaday School, Jesuit College Preparatory, Ursuline Academy, and Bishop Lynch. By holding our sessions at these schools, students are introduced to the campuses of the participating high schools where they may potentially become students in the future. These high schools also provide our wonderful high school "mentors" who serve as guides and positive role models for the students.

Session Dates

Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Location: Ursuline (1 PM - 2 PM)
Mentor Orientation (2 PM - 3 PM)
Ursuline Tour and Meet (2 PM - 3 PM)

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Location: Jesuit (1 PM - 4 PM)
Jesuit Tour and Meet (4 PM - 5 PM)



The STAIRS Program is funded through private donations and community grants... click here for more information.

Our Goals

Our goal is to have 100% of our STAIRS Students... click here for more information.


We are looking for an English tutor to lead our Language Arts class during the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact Gabrielle Merani for details.




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