What is STEP?

STEP is a Saturday enrichment program that services students from Staten Island in grades 7 through 12, who demonstrate an interest in and have a potential for a career in the fields of science, health, engineering, technology, and the licensed professions come to the College of Staten Island and engage in science, math, computers, communication arts, PSAT, SAT, and college prep with an interdisciplinary learning approach. The STEP Program focuses on helping students to build self-esteem and develop positive behaviors toward learning.  We believe that students will begin to understand the processes of learning science and math by encouraging them to strive and aim for good grades throughout their secondary school years.  Students will then have a broader range of choices when pursuing a career.

The New York State Education Department funds the STEP project through the Bureau of Career Opportunity Programs; however, STEP is supported and administered through the Office of Academic Affairs.

Contact Information

Afusat Dirisu, Ph.D.
Project Director (Interim)
Building 1A Room 108D
Phone : 718.982.2638
Contact Via Email
Ceremony In Gym For New Students


STEP Students enjoy a wide array of academic and social benefits.  Follow the link to explore all that STEP has to offer.

Student Outside With Books


Café STEP meets the 1st and 2nd saturday of each month during the academic year.  It aims to provide parental guidance to the many facets involved in ensuring success f

Students Walking Outside

Cost & Eligibility

Participation in the STEP program is absolutely free!  The only cost is student commitment and parental involvement. 
Students Outside Looking at Computer

How Does STEP Work?

STEP is comprised of an academic enrichment component and a personal development component where students work collaboratively.
Student Researching And Reading Notes

STEP Start Summer Program

STEP Start is a four (4) week comprehensive program, where students engage in hands-on science experiments, and math and writing workshops.
Student Examining Microscope

CSTEP Homepage

The CSTEP Program is designed to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who enroll in undergraduate and graduate programs.