Stepping Stones Celebrates Class of 2023

Six Stepping Stones Students on the stage at Stepping Stones School, holding diplomas and roses and wearing graduation caps.

In June, Stepping Stones School celebrated the completion of a fantastic school year, the moving up of several children from one classroom to the next, and the graduation of six students from the school.

The ceremony featured a processional, a student-led Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem, a photo slideshow, the remembrance of beloved staff members Nicole Fiorella and James Paden, and the acknowledgement of each child in the preschool, transitional kindergarten, and primary classrooms. Every student received a certificate and a flower to present to their parents or caregivers.

Six students were celebrated in a special graduation ceremony as they have officially completed their time in the Stepping Stones School program. The group wore graduation caps and received their Stepping Stones diplomas. The Arc of Essex County wishes each of our graduates the best of luck as they begin the next step in their educational journeys. We will miss having them at Stepping Stones, but are so excited to see them grow and hope they know they are always a part of the Stepping Stones family.

The Extended School Year will begin in July.

The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School is a Department of Education approved private school for students with disabilities serving children ages 3-10.  Located in Roseland, NJ, the school is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of children with cognitive impairments such as Down syndrome and other students with similar educational and developmental needs.  For more information, or to request a virtual tour and assistance with an out-of-district placement, contact Robin Moses, Director of Early Childhood and Education at (862) 210-8781 or