About Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School


Saint Stephen's Campus CenterAmong the most respected independent, college preparatory schools in the nation, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School provides a world-class education for students in grades Pre-K3 through 12. At every level, students are nurtured in small classes, encouraged and supported by outstanding faculty who help them navigate a carefully designed and balanced curriculum of academic rigor and character development.


Saint Stephen’s delivers exciting programs, including extensive AP courses, an iPad initiative, a global education program, a K-12 daily foreign language program, a growing marine science initiative, and a band/strings program.

We also offer a wide variety of customized curricular and extracurricular experiences that result from flexible scheduling and a philosophy of meeting individual student needs. The range and breadth of our curriculum offer children who come to Saint Stephen’s excellent preparation in becoming global citizens. The world opens up for Saint Stephen’s students. Current families hail from Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, Parrish, Ellenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Casey Key, as well as from countries all around the globe.

Rich academic offerings go hand-in-hand with a strong college counseling program, allowing every student an opportunity to pursue higher education. Saint Stephen’s students are excelling today in colleges and universities nationwide, thanks to a strong foundation for success built on proven educational models.


The school sits on a scenic, gated, 35-acre campus, which includes a state-of-the-art athletic complex that hosts sporting events including football, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, baseball, softball and tennis.

Saint Stephen’s at a Glance:

4 Divisions, 1 Campus, 1 School = 700 students

  • Lower School: Pre-Kindergarten 3 – Grade 3
  • Intermediate School: Grades 4 – 6
  • Middle School: Grades 7 – 8
  • Upper School: Grades 9 – 12


Outstanding Faculty

  • Full-time faculty: 77
  • 51% hold advanced degrees
  • Average class size: 16


Accreditations and Memberships

  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • Florida Council of Independent Schools
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • National Association of Episcopal Schools
  • National Cum Laude Society
  • Florida Kindergarten Council
  • Florida High School Athletic Association


Notable Accomplishments from the Class of 2016

  • Students received acceptances to 19 of the nation’s 40 most selective colleges (as ranked by Washington Post), including eight of the top 10, and seven of the eight Ivy League schools
  • 86-percent of seniors who identified a first-choice college were accepted to that institution
  • Students earned more than $4.4-million in merit aid, including four graduates who have been awarded their institution’s top full-ride scholarship with additional funds for research and trave
  • Five students were named National Merit Scholarship finalists
  • Two students – of three total in the Sarasota/Manatee area and 141 statewide – were named prestigious Presidential Scholar invitees
  • Six graduates will compete at the collegiate level in football, soccer, lacrosse, sailing, and rifle


The year was 1970 when a small group of community leaders met with their rector at Christ Episcopal Church. They dreamed of a school to provide an education with high scholastic standards and small classes. That dream became Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School and, in 1975, the first class of 11 seniors celebrated their graduation.

The unique traditions and standards of excellence that embody a Saint Stephen’s education remain as strong today as they were when first visualized by the founders: students who are well prepared for college through a rigorous academic program, and well prepared for a life of service, embedded with strong moral values of integrity, responsibility and respect.

Much of the school’s success can be attributed to the vision of the school’s leaders, ever since its humble beginning. Because of a commitment to maintain small class sizes with academic rigor, campus expansion has been a continual focus for all five serving heads.

1970-1971: Reverend Rodman Kypke
1971-1976: Reverend Louis Hayden, Jr.
1976-1987: Reverend Bennett H. Barnes
1987-2003: Mr. John Howard
2003-present: Dr. Janet S. Pullen


Campus Expansion

1970 – 22.8-acre campus opens

1973 – Open-plan high school opens (on site of current Intermediate School)

1975 – Selby Gymnasium opens

1976 – Site development plan is created for Lower School and administrative offices

1988 – Pre-K program is established

1989 – Pre-K building opens

1993 – Lower School building opens

1995 – Seven additional acres are purchased

1995 – Campus Center is constructed

1997 – Pre-K building addition opens

1999 – Additional 5.2 acres are added with purchase of Eckerd Plaza

2000 – Construction begins on new Upper School

2001 – Intermediate School building opens

2002 – Two Upper School buildings open in January

2003 – Third Upper School building opens in November

2005/06 – Dock is constructed on McLewis Bayou

2006 – Falcon Tennis Facility opens in October

2010 – New LEED-Certified Middle School opens in January

2013 – Moore Athletic Complex at Turner Fields opens in October

2014 – Falcon Field House opens in May

2014 – New gymnasium floor installed

2014 – Building purchased at 3806 Manatee Ave. (former VNA property)

2015 – Lakewood Ranch campus opens at Harvest United Methodist Church

2015 – New gymnasium ceiling installed

2016 – Marine Science Center opens in January


1970: 198 students
1989: 222 students
1995: 447 students
2000: 684 students
2015: 670 students
2016: 700 students

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