St. Stephen’s is the only school in the United States that has a combined international curriculum that includes Montessori and the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC).
At St. Stephen’s, we have a tradition of excellence and educational leadership that offers inquisitive, inspired, and creative students a global framework for learning and engaging. Educational enrichment programs provide outdoor learning and team building opportunities at each grade level. The low teacher-student ratio provides for individualized instruction and support.
Check out our additional class offerings:
Da Vinci Lab: Referred to nationally as Makerspaces, our Da Vinci lab provides a space for students to explore the intersection of arts, science, and technology through their own self-directed projects.
Fine Arts: Our Fine Arts Program is fully integrated with the core curriculum and our students are provided creative outlets to express what they are learning in history, math, literature, and science.
Travel: Travel enlivens the learning environment and contributes to students’ understanding of the natural world and scientific exploration.
Technology: With all levels using integrated technology resources, St. Stephen's is dedicated to an educational process that fosters both independent and collaborative work experiences amongst students and faculty.
ORIENTATION: 15 MONTHS–3 YEARS
PRIMARY: 3 YEARS–6 YEARS
LOWER ELEMENTARY: 1ST–3RD GRADE
UPPER ELEMENTARY: 4TH–6TH GRADE
The operation of a Montessori classroom is founded on freedom and responsibility. Maria Montessori observed that children work without fatigue or boredom when they are given choices and freedom accompanied with responsibility. Because of this, the students feel respected and motivated to go beyond the teacher’s assignments, demonstrating moral qualities “such as patience and perseverance in work, and in the moral order, obedience, gentleness, affection, politeness, and serenity.”
INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE YEARS CURRICULUM (IMYC)
MIDDLE YEARS: 7TH–8TH GRADE
St. Stephen's Episcopal School was the first Montessori accredited middle school in Houston to interject the core Montessori values of freedom, independence, and interdependence into our middle school courses. The 2013–2014 school year, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School was the first school in the United States to formally adopted the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). Individual units are constructed around "big ideas," which are then explored across disciplines. The units culminate in multimedia projects that allow students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts. Big Ideas are supplemented with skill development in the four academic areas.
Our core Montessori values combined with IMYC provides our students a robust progressive education embracing collaborative project learning, integrated subject matter, student reflection and a high level of student engagement and accountability for learning. As a result, our student are accepted into Houston’s highest caliber private and public high schools including: Episcopal High School, HSPVA, Post Oak, St. Pius.