Student life at St. Stephen's School is a comprehensive and enriching experience that encompasses various facets of a student's development. It encompasses academic pursuits, involvement in extracurricular activities, social interactions, personal growth, and the creation of lasting memories. Our school recognizes the importance of student well-being and strives to create a supportive and nurturing environment.
In addition to a rigorous academic program, St. Stephen's offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including community and experiential learning projects, which allow students to explore their interests and passions beyond the classroom. Through involvement in student government and leadership opportunities, students develop valuable skills in decision-making, collaboration, and responsibility.
Our dedicated counselors provide structured support and guidance, helping students navigate both academic and personal challenges. We prioritize mental health support and offer personalized attention to ensure students feel heard and supported throughout their high school journey.
At St. Stephen's, we aim to equip our students with essential life skills that complement their academic achievements. We foster an environment that encourages personal growth, resilience, and confidence, preparing students for success in higher education and beyond.
Through a holistic approach to student life, St. Stephen's School aims to provide a transformative educational experience that nurtures each student's unique talents, interests, and aspirations.
We prioritize open communication and parental involvement in the well-being of our students. To facilitate this, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who serves as the primary contact for parents seeking to discuss their child's welfare with the school.
At the beginning of the school year, students meet with their advisor in an advisory group to establish a connection. Parents have the opportunity to meet with advisors on Back to School Night in late September and again at Parent-Advisor conferences held in November and March. These meetings provide valuable opportunities for parents to engage in discussions about their child's progress and well-being.
Advisors play a crucial role in monitoring and supporting students throughout the academic year. They gather anecdotal information through grade-level review meetings, formal requests, and informal conversations to gain insights into the progress and well-being of their advisees. They act as a liaison between class teachers and parents regarding homework assignments, especially when an advisee has an extended absence due to illness. Advisors also monitor academic progress and provide comments on mid-term and semester reports.
For boarding students, advisors assume an additional role in communicating with parents about family concerns, school activities, and life in the boarding community.
The advisory system is organized by the Director of Student Affairs, who consults with students and faculty to designate advisors at the beginning of each academic year. This ensures that each student is assigned an advisor who can provide appropriate guidance and support throughout their time at the school.
At St. Stephen's, we value the advisor-student-parent relationship as a crucial component of student well-being, academic progress, and overall success.
The well-being and support of our students are paramount, and our commitment to student care extends beyond academics. We provide comprehensive wellness and counseling services throughout the year to address a wide range of student needs. Our dedicated team of school counselors is available Monday through Friday during school hours to work collaboratively with students, parents, and faculty/staff. Students can access counseling services through scheduled appointments or on a drop-in basis.
We understand the importance of confidentiality and respect the privacy of our students. While parental involvement is highly encouraged and valued, we only communicate with parents when there is a 'risk' issue, a formal referral, or with the prior agreement of the student.
Counseling at St. Stephen's aims to provide a safe and supportive environment where students can address various concerns, from academic challenges to personal and emotional well-being. Our counselors are trained professionals who offer guidance, empathy, and practical strategies to help students navigate their academic journey.
We believe that by promoting mental health and fostering a culture of support, our students can thrive academically and personally.
At St. Stephen’s, we embrace an inclusive approach to education that recognizes some of the diverse needs of our students. We wish to foster the growth and potential of students with exceptionalities in an environment that promotes inclusivity and provides appropriate support through individualized Learning Plans. To learn more about the diverse learning needs we can accommodate, we invite you to speak with our admissions team.