Steppingstone School
30250 Grand River
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
phone: 248-957-8200

Steppingstone Parent Advocacy Resource Coalition (SPARC)


The mission of the Steppingstone Parent Advocacy Resource Coalition (SPARC) is for parents, administration, faculty, and staff to work together to achieve an optimal educational and developmental experience for Steppingstone students.

A Message from the SPARC Committee Chair

Welcome to Steppingstone School, the Center for Gifted Education. This is an independent day school for young-K through grade 8 gifted students where we believe in honoring excellence, celebrating intelligence, and rewarding creativity.

Our parent group is available to talk to you wherever you are in your educational journey. We invite you to join us by attending an upcoming Open House or guest speaker event. We look forward to meeting you to share our experiences with Steppingstone’s exceptional approach to empowering gifted children in Michigan.

Here are some of the compelling reasons to consider enrolling your children in Steppingstone and becoming a part of our parent community.

  1. The school administration and staff create a welcoming environment for students in which it is “cool” to be smart, to ask multiple questions, and to perform independent research of personal academic topics of interest. Students participate in a variety of hands-on projects and experiments, forming a diverse community of intellectual peers who encourage each other and collaborate effectively in teams.
  2. The teachers partner with parents to support each student’s personal growth with understanding and expertise. They foster continuous intellectual development by using flexible pacing, aligning the speed of instruction to each student’s learning ability. Students who demonstrate mastery of core subjects can advance to the next grade level in their curriculum while maintaining existing friendships with same-age peers.
  3. The school utilizes a challenging STEAM curriculum that provides a solid foundation for success in subsequent years. Student progression is achieved through a combination of problem-solving, critical thinking, and integrated application of key principles. This attention to detail provides a competitive advantage to students, enhancing their ability to excel in high school, college, and beyond.

Steppingstone utilizes a rolling admissions policy designed to address the complex educational needs of gifted students throughout the school year. Expand your children’s academic options by calling (248) 957-8200 to learn more about the powerful impact that Steppingstone School can make in your children’s education today.

Valerie Ames
SPARC Committee Chair


SPARC Steering Committee Meetings



A Parent Support Seminar Series open to the public

Guest Expert, Round Table Discussions & Q & A

7 pm on Thursday Evenings
In the Son Room at Steppingstone School

30250 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

To RSVP, call (248) 957-8200

SPARCler Events

Completed: 2016-17 Series

September 29, 2016 Parenting for High Potential
Presenter: Tom Clynes, author of
The Boy who Played with Fusion
a biography of a gifted child
October 27, 2016 High School & College Planning
Presenters: Susan Sheth, MSU/GATE Director
Priscilla McNeill, College Counselor
March 28, 2017 The Drama of the Gifted Marriage and Other Shades of Gray
Presenter: Andy Mahoney, Psychologist,
Ctr for Identity Potential
(counseling for the gifted)
April 27, 2017 Video Games and the Internet
Presenter: Faith Makris, Addiction Treatment Specialist
May 18, 2017 Parenting for Cyber-Safety for Children
Presenter: Gopal Padinjaruveetil, Computer Security Analyst

Coming: 2017-18 Series