Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together a list of commonly asked questions as a resource for you. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact Director of Admissions Larry Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What makes Saint Stephen’s college preparatory curriculum unique?
There is no question of our academic reputation, over 40 years strong, surpassing local, state and national test scores. Our curriculum is tied to a scope and sequence; each year builds on the next so that true learning takes place. We do not emphasize standardized testing or teach to a test, but rather create an environment where students are encouraged to develop meaningful understanding of subjects. Teachers are a large part of the equation, creative in their approach to teaching to ensure effectiveness with each student. Curriculum is developed based on the best available research and not decided as a result of the talents or bias of a teacher or the merits of a single text or instructional tool.
What is the student-teacher ratio?
Our student-teacher ratio is 9:1.
Is Saint Stephen’s accredited?
Saint Stephen’s has accreditations and memberships in the following: 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, Florida Kindergarten Council, and Florida High School Athletic Association.
Where do Saint Stephen’s graduates attend college?
Our college counseling staff provides support for students and families in planning for higher education. All of our graduates go on to college. A college acceptance list is located here.
Must a student be Episcopalian to attend Saint Stephen’s?
Saint Stephen’s welcomes families of all faiths. Our character education connects students’ hearts and minds to spiritual values. This enables an atmosphere of understanding, compassion and community that provides a balance to the scholarship of a strong college preparatory curriculum.
Do you offer transportation/bus service to and from the school?
Yes, we offer transportation with our buses and van service. Any family choosing to use transportation can select one-way or round-trip. Each family pays one annual fee, regardless of how many children are in the family. We provide service north, south, east and west of our location. If any one neighborhood has a high concentration of students, we will stop directly in that neighborhood, and that decision is made prior to the start of each school year. Click here to learn more about our transportation options.
Are there active, community-based carpools?
While we do not offer a structured system of carpooling, we do provide a family directory listing all family contact information. It is a good reference guide to use when looking for other families in your neighborhood. We also have new parent ambassadors who can offer recommendations of other families who may also be looking to carpool.
Do you provide a lunch service?
Our lunch program is run by one paid staff member and several parent volunteers and is one of the most popular ways our parents give of their time. Students in the Lower and Intermediate schools can bring their lunch or choose from a menu by ordering online. In Middle School, students can pre-order or go to the “lunch limo” where they can order from the day’s menu using a cashless system that requires money to be credited to each student account. While we do not have a traditional cafeteria, on most days our students enjoy lunch outside on picnic tables surrounded by the natural beauty of our scenic campus. Click here for more details on our lunch service.
What athletic programs do you offer?
Saint Stephen’s sponsors 48 teams that compete in 13 different sports. More than 75% of our Middle and Upper School students play a sport on campus. Sports are divided by season, fall, winter and spring. Choices are located here.
Do you offer extra-curricular activities and after-school programs?
Students are invited to enrich their academic lives with programs in the arts, foreign language, computer science, leadership and community service. Many participate in interscholastic sports. All Lower School students may attend After Care until 5:30 p.m.; Intermediate School students may participate in our STARS program, which provides a healthy snack, play time, and study time until 5:30 p.m. Middle School students may attend a study hall in the library until 5:30 p.m. We also provide organized holiday and summer camp programs. A complete listing of after-school programs is available here.
Are there volunteer opportunities at Saint Stephen’s?
A very active, involved Parents’ Association supports Saint Stephen’s classrooms, field trips, athletics, and fund-raising.
What additional support does Saint Stephen’s provide to non-native English-speaking students?
Saint Stephen’s is dedicated to providing a world-class education to all its students, including those from around the world. Saint Stephen’s has developed a program for non-native English speakers or students taking classes entirely in English for the first time. The goal of this program is to support the student’s academic achievement within the standard curriculum.