We offer a healthy balance of a traditional independent school environment with engaging and innovative programs. We believe that a discussion-oriented and student-focused classroom experience promotes critical thinking and learning. We are also excited about our STEAM, Marine Science, Emotional Intelligence, and iPad initiatives.
We enjoy a richly diverse student body. While many of our students come from the Manatee-Sarasota area, we celebrate the fact that we have students who hail from around the country and around the world. In our Upper School Commons, you will find flags from twenty-four countries representing our current students.
Regardless of where they come from, our students dedicate themselves to their academic work and are surrounded by others who have accepted the same challenge.
Members of the faculty and administration celebrate students’ individual interests and abilities and encourage their growth outside the curriculum.
Our teachers combine a passion for their subjects with a love of working with teenaged students. Small classes create an environment in which each student regularly participates and is heard. Each member of the Saint Stephen’s community is expected to abide by the Honor Code, promising to reach for the highest standards of personal and academic integrity. Every student has a faculty advisor to consult about academic progress, course selection, and other issues that affect school life. In general, clear communication between students and faculty supports our caring, safe culture.
Upper School students explore robotics, network operations, fiber optics and rocketry in a Technology Internship Class. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a semester-long course that focuses on engineering design and problem-solving. Computer Science is offered at levels from Introductory to Advanced with independent study options. In science classes, students have substantial lab time to support classroom instruction, offering opportunities for students to make connections between classroom and real-world situations, design experiments, and pursue specific interests in the curriculum. In mathematics, students create projects involving line designs, circle designs and optical illusions. Using geometric constructions, the students build a bird house using a blueprint. Students also solve maximization problems and explore the fascinating world of fractals.
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