How do you offer such a high quality education for a comparatively low tuition?
St. Stephen’s Academy is an independent, not-for-profit PreK-12 school established as a ministry of Evergreen Presbyterian Church. We receive no operational funding from Evergreen Church and are a separate 501(c)(3) organization. We rely solely on tuition and donations to fund all of our operations. We are able to maintain a low cost structure due to good stewardship of resources, the sacrifices of our staff, the generosity of our supporters, and the significant volunteer efforts of our families. We focus our resources to the core mission of the school – providing an academically excellent education – instead of attempting to serve everyone in all areas of the educational system. We are driven by our commitment to provide a rigorous, Christ centered education in the classical tradition to families that value the fruit of this kind of education.
Do you get any public money?
ACCS schools will not accept any money from local, state, or federal governments. This stance allows all schools in the association the freedom to provide a comprehensive education that addresses all topics regardless of their religious or political nature. Since all truth is God’s truth, a classical Christian education will be a truly liberal (free) education that directs students to Jesus Christ, the source of all wisdom and knowledge. Refusing government funds also keeps us free from constantly shifting standardized testing requirements and the state teacher certification bureaucracy, both of which consume valuable time and energy and yield little in terms of classroom results.
Is St. Stephen’s Academy just for rich families that can afford a private, elite education?
It is true that a private education requires financial sacrifice from every family, but St. Stephen’s Academy is committed to making this education accessible to every family. We dedicate at least 10% of our annual budget each year to need-based scholarships.
How do your tuition and fees compare to other area private schools?
Do you offer any discounts?
We offer full-time pastors a 50% discount off published tuition for K-12th grade (PreK, enrichment, childcare, athletics/extracurriculars, etc. not included). To be eligible to receive the Pastor Discount, one parent must be serving as a full-time pastor or a bi-vocational lead pastor. Part-time associate pastors are not eligible for this discount.
For mid-year enrollment, please contact the Business Office for payment information.
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We want to serve our community by providing an affordable educational alternative that brings together the Christian gospel and serious scholarship. St. Stephen’s Academy is open to all students whose families desire this education and who meet its entrance requirements. St. Stephen’s Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Financial aid is available. St. Stephen’s Academy uses the services of Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) in determining the amount of financial aid for which a family may qualify. The FAST application is separate from the St. Stephen’s application and must be submitted to FAST by March 5 to be considered in the first round of financial aid awards for the upcoming school year. (For new families applying for financial aid after this date, the request may be considered at the discretion of the Headmaster and awarded based on funds available.) Financial aid decisions will be communicated by April 1.
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