In 1986, ISAAGNY (Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York) created Early Steps to foster schools’ commitment to create communities that were more reflective of New York City’s racial composition. This was particularly significant because, while organizations already existed to help enroll high school and middle school children, there were no organizations working specifically for the lower grade levels. Eighteen schools answered the call and a year later 18 Early Steps scholars entered schools.
The mandate of this organization was to reach out to communities of people of color. Outreach efforts were extended to public schools, faith based organizations, pediatricians and others working with or concerned about youth education. Today, most of our applicant families learn about us through word-of-mouth and social media.