St. Stephen’s School is an independent, nondenominational, coeducational day and boarding school, which offers an educational program from grade 9 through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. A post-graduate year (grade 13) is also available. The school opened in 1964. The school year comprises two semesters, which extend from late August to mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a board of trustees, which meets in both Rome and New York. The Rome-based trustees partner with the head of school in managing day-to-day operations. The executive committee of the board handles significant matters that need urgent attention. The school is recognized under Italian law and is also incorporated in the State of Connecticut as a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S./international, college-preparatory, independent school. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The language of instruction is English; French and Italian are taught as mother tongue languages. Spanish and Arabic are taught as second language courses. Course offerings include English language and literature, mathematics (algebra through calculus), biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, computer studies, classics, Latin, history of art, Baroque and modern art in Rome, modern European history, contemporary history, Medieval and Renaissance history, economics, robotics, core (P.E., health, IT, critical thinking & study skills), visual arts, music perception, creative writing, painting and drawing, sculpture, chorus, instrumental music, drama, photography (black and white and digital), contemporary dance, and chorus. The school is a testing site for the IB, AP, SSAT, and PSAT. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, St. Stephen’s School has 87 total staff including 59 teachers, 26 of whom are U.S. citizens, 15 host-country nationals, and 18 third-country nationals. Our faculty represent 13 nationalities including the UK, Spain, Turkey, Greece, France, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Lebanon, Ecuador, Switzerland, and Egypt. All teaching faculty maintain teaching credentials.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 306 (grades 9-13), including 76 U.S. citizens, 103 host-country nationals, and 127 third-country nationals.
Facilities: Situated in the archaeological center of Rome, the two-and-a-half-acre site includes one building that contains 25 dormitory rooms; six resident faculty facilities; 15 classrooms; digital classroom; two art studios; four science laboratories; library; media center; dining room; kitchen; laundry; theater/assembly hall; snack bar/lounge; a computer room and portable computer laboratory; dark room; music room; infirmary; university resource center; art center/cultural center; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; courtyard; and terrace. In summer 2019, an outdoor classroom was constructed on school grounds.
Finances: In the 2022-2023 school year, the school’s income derives from tuition and gifts. Annual tuition and fees for day students in grades 9-13 are as follows- Tuition: $26,835; Boarding fee: $16,665; Locally sourced lunch (Day students only): $1,639; Capital Assessment Fee New students: $1,100; Returning students $550; Application fee: $234; Boarding damage deposit: $117. These fees are payable in euros or the equivalent amount of U.S. dollars. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Italy, Rome St Stephens) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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