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At St. Stephen’s Episcopal we provide a progressive, cohesive, and globally focused education for students 15 months – 8th grade. Using the curricula of Montessori and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), we encourage our students to become lifelong learners and effective 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 a one-size-fits-all. At St. Stephen’s, we promote understanding and respect while instilling a sense of responsibility for our interconnected world. It is our focus to aid students to not only become good learners but also good people, providing a caring community that is true of moral as well as 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 a 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. 

We strive to be a global leader in student acceptance, where everyone is valued for who they are. We affirm individuality. We question everything. We build relationships. We practice service. We believe. And we cherish the future. As an Episcopal school, we are populated by a rich variety of human beings, from increasingly diverse religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. It is also a distinguishing characteristic of St. Stephen's that we seek to integrate religious and spiritual formation into the overall curriculum and life of each school community. 

IN BRIEF

Established: 1971 

Grades: Toddlers (from 15 months) – Grade 8

Financial Aid: 8% of students receive Financial Aid

Hours: 

  • Before Care: 7:15 - 8:00 a.m. (Primary through Middle Years students)

  • Orientation Half Day (15mo-3yrs): 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Orientation Full Day (15mo-3yrs): 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Primary Half Day (3-6 yrs): 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

  • Primary Full Day (3-6 yrs): 8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m

  • Elementary and Middle Years: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • After Care: Until 5:45 p.m.

Summer Camp: 15 months – 12 years

Faculty/Staff: 61

Trustees: 16

Curriculum: 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 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. Visit our Montessori and International Middle Years pages for more information.

Testing: St. Stephen's assesses student growth constantly using a variety of tools such as portfolios, student records, observations, scope and sequence charts, as well as informal in-class assessments. These informal assessments are used by teachers to document student growth.

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. The exact tests that your student takes will depend on his or her grade level. All test questions are multiple choice, and each individual test lasts between 10 and 35 minutes. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year. The results produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction. Parents will also receive copies of their child’s scores.

Accreditation: St. Stephen's Episcopal School is accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, American Montessori Society, and the International Middle Years Curriculum.