When students are taught using the classical model, they are able to learn faster and go deeper into the material. Children have a greater capacity for learning than we often give them credit for, and they find great joy in being challenged. As a classical Christian school, we seek to educate every child in a way that allows them to reach their God-given potential and develop the unique gifts God has given them. We expect students to choose from a wide variety of college majors and careers upon graduation. Because we can’t predict what God will call our children to do in life, our goal is to equip them to do any job excellently as people who think clearly, communicate effectively, and embrace life’s challenges with integrity and joyful purpose.
Raising your children is the most important thing you will do in life. St. Stephen’s Academy exists to support parents in their God-given calling to educate their children to be wise and articulate adults who love God and pursue His purposes for them. We work closely together to achieve this end goal as a community of parents, teachers, and children who share the same values and desire the same outcome. Our students form close friendships with each other and with their teachers as they grow together, challenging and encouraging each other along the way.
We keep our class sizes small so that each student can be known and taught as an individual. A low student/faculty ratio provides more opportunity for teachers to interact with students and care for the needs of each child. Students spend time learning and understanding the material, wrestling with the ideas of others, developing their own questions and conclusions, and learning how to respond to others and communicate their thoughts in a gracious and persuasive manner. Ultimately, we want our students to know, love, and enjoy the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, especially as those qualities are expressed in and through the character, works, and Word of God. We desire to train mature, confident students who go out into the world as leaders who are able to master any subject because they have acquired the basic tools of learning that will last a lifetime.
"The gift of knowledge is a life-long blessing. The skill of discernment is critical for life-directing choices. The building of a child’s character satisfies a parent’s duty to pass on values. The teachers and staff at St. Stephen’s Academy are able partners to these tasks and we are pleased to call them ‘family’."
"Though our family has long been a friend of the school, we did not come to St. Stephen’s until part way through high school. Before that, our son attended three Christian schools in the Portland area. Each included many wonderful Christian families, administrators, and teachers, but it became apparent as the years passed that St. Stephen’s was more successfully creating a student culture that prizes Christian faith, social grace, and academic zeal. In the end, it is simply the young people themselves who most clearly reveal the priorities of the churches, families, administrators, and teachers who make up the school community. At St. Stephen’s, these factors have, by God’s grace, created a group of children and young adults that is a great joy. We invite you to come and see."
"Our son entered St. Stephen's at 9th grade after homeschooling during his elementary and junior high years. While this was quite a different learning environment, the staff and students helped him make the transition with little difficulty. The teachers at St. Stephen's are wonderful role models who have inspired him to work hard and enjoy learning and have also provided lots of extracurricular activities in the form of sports, drama, and a trip to Washington D. C. During every class, he is challenged by the coursework and learns every subject as an integrated part of the world God made. Throughout the year, I have seen not only his mind change, but also his heart change as he comes to know God and His creation more fully. Because of spending his high school years at St. Stephen's, my son will have an excellent academic education, but most importantly, he will know what is true, good, and beautiful and know why. Every school day is spent internalizing a Biblical worldview which enables him to confidently share his faith with those around him. I am thankful that the money and time invested in St. Stephen's now is preparing my son for the rest of his life."
"The curriculum is rich, the teachers are loving and caring, the parents are committed and involved in their kids education, and most importantly my kids LOVE their school. They memorize poems that melt my heart. They are learning Bible stories they love to retell with passion. They have a chance to practice the fruits of the spirit daily as they interact with other students, with biblical guidance from their teachers. I firmly believe in the learning model of classical Christian education and the approach that is taken so kids not only learn a ton of information, but they retain and really know and understand it! My kids can recite word for word every song, scripture, and poem they have learned this year. It's amazing! My favorite part is I get to learn alongside them as we practice daily memory work."