At St. Stephen’s Episcopal, we provide a progressive, cohesive, and globally focused education for students 15 months – 8th grade. Using Montessori and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) curricula, we encourage our students to become lifelong learners and influential global citizens.

An individualized, creative approach to learning

Through academic success, critical thinking, spiritual growth, and creative expression, we are committed to providing an educational experience that isn’t one-size-fits-all. At St. Stephen’s, we promote understanding and respect while instilling a sense of responsibility for our interconnected world. Our focus is to aid students in becoming good learners and good people, providing a caring community that is true of moral and academic learning.

Education is about exploration, inspiration, and a willingness to look deeper at the world around us. At St. Stephen’s, this commitment to holistic education while upholding rigorous standards and providing a safe, respectful, and accepting environment for all students is what sets our school apart from the rest.

St. Stephen’s seeks to integrate religious and spiritual formation into the overall curriculum and life of our school community. Our school encourages our students to form a global perspective. We embrace differences and affirm the innate worth of all people, in our classrooms, across our city, and abroad.

School Profile

  • 1971
Students Educated at St. Stephen’s
  • Toddlers (from 15 months) – Grade 8
Financial Aid
  • 8% of students receive Financial Aid
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School delivers exceptional academic curricula. Students 15 months through 6th grade follow the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, accredited by the American Montessori Society. Students in grades 7 and 8 use the Montessori approach combined with the International Middle Years Curriculum, a dynamic and concept-focused, research-based program intended for adolescents.
  • St. Stephen’s promotes project-based learning, a strong sense of community and self, small and large group instruction, leadership, and inclusion.
  • St. Stephen’s assesses student growth continually using a variety of tools such as portfolios, student records, observations, scope and sequence charts, as well as informal in-class assessments. 
  • For required standardized testing, our school administers the IOWA Assessment to all students in grades 2 through 8 in the spring. The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. These assessments measure achievement in several important content areas, including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. 


St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Houston is a parish day school that began as the Independent Montessori School at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in 1971. The school was invited to move to the St. Stephen’s Church facility in 1983, and in 1987 it became an Episcopal school incorporated as St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – Houston. In 1993, the middle school became the first Montessori middle school in Houston.

During the 1960s, St. Stephen’s was one of the first parochial independent schools in Houston to open its doors to African American students, for which the school paid the price with a decrease in enrollment. The school eventually closed and did not open again until 1983.

In August of 2013, St. Stephen’s adopted a new curriculum for its middle years’ students called the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), which is based on comprehensive brain research studies of 12–14-year-old children worldwide. The IMYC serves as the perfect educational bridge for students moving from the 6th-grade Montessori classroom into middle school.

Our Values

The Church and School share the following six Core Values:

  • Individuality: We affirm individuality.
  • Service: We practice service.
  • Questioning: We question everything.
  • Relationships: We build relationships.
  • Belief: We believe.
  • Future: We cherish the future.

For questions about our educational offerings or admission process, please contact Sara Taylor at admission@ssesh.org.