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.
"We came to St. Stephen's Academy 10 years ago to find an academically challenging environment for our Kindergartner. We found not only an environment with high academic standards, but also a loving and supportive community. We now have 3 kids attending, ranging in grades 2 through 9. This school teaches our children how to think, reason, and respectfully communicate. We have watched the school grow and develop over the past 10 years, but it has not lost the qualities that drew us here in the first place. I know my children will be ready for whatever future education and life has for them."
"We had a strong idea of what we were looking for in a school for our children, and St. Stephen’s Academy is better than that! We wanted a school that taught reading and writing and math through the traditional methods 23 grew up with, and that’s when we stumbled upon classical Christian education. We love that there is an equal commitment to both “book smarts” and biblical moral character development. St. Stephen’s Academy is a school that develops students that know how to think as opposed to other systems of education that teach what to think."
"This is the school I have always wished for my kids, and I’m so thankful we found it. They value real discussion and real thinking in the classroom (at every age level), and the small class sizes allow for this. I am amazed at what my third grader has learned about logic, history, grammar, the arts; she reads serious literature and can speak intelligently about it. This is not a test mill like so many schools have become. They are getting a rich education and are developing in mind and character."
"Thank you to SSA for always starting the day with teaching about God and the character-building message to SSA students. As a parent I have been blessed by listening to the Morning Welcome."