Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

What is STEP?

Our New York State funded program leverages Vaughn’s aeronautical heritage and world class robotics championship teams to expose students to STEM-related fields, aviation related fields, while providing tutoring, standardized test prep, and college prep.  The program can include elements such as:

Core Subject Instruction

  • Core Subject Instruction 
  • SHSAT/PSAT/SAT/Regents exam preparation 
  • Communications and soft skills training 
  • Supervised practical research and poster presentation training 
  • Preparing for licensed professions (e.g., FAA Private Pilot; FAA Remote Pilot) 
  • Hands on exposure to Robotics, Hydroponics and other career fields 

Eligibility Requirements

  • The program is limited to 7th – 12th grade students
  • Economically disadvantaged, or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian
  • There are NY residency requirements associated with the program

STEP Academy

Saturday Academy, October – June 
Saturdays during the Academic year from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

Summer Academy, July – August
Monday through Thursday 


  • New Students can register by clicking here.
  • Returning Students can register by clicking here
  • Upload your report card and supporting documents here

For information on the STEP program, contact the STEP email at .