Who We Are

Our Purpose

St. Stephen’s Academy exists to produce kingdom focused students who are equipped to honor Christ and make Him known in their God-given callings in their homes, schools, churches, work, and communities.

Mission Statement

St. Stephen’s Academy supports families and churches by providing an academically excellent classical Christian education that cultivates wisdom, eloquence, and godly character and equips students with the tools of learning that will last a lifetime.

Our Vision

St. Stephen’s Academy seeks to enjoy and magnify the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, especially as these qualities flow out of the character, works, and Word of God. Our vision is to be a leading PreK-12 classical Christian school in the Pacific Northwest. We aim to equip children to be lifelong learners and to provide them with a body of knowledge that enables them to rightly understand and enjoy the world in which they live, to engage contemporary culture with a biblical worldview, and to communicate effectively, graciously, and truthfully. To accomplish our mission we are dedicated to a time-tested classical liberal arts curriculum, organized around the three parts of the Trivium (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric), which generally correspond to a child’s natural stages of development.
We employ and develop qualified, highly effective teachers and staff who understand and are committed to the classical model and who will pass on a love of learning to their students. Our commitment to classical and Christian education has been rigorously examined and affirmed by our accrediting body, the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Our model of education is intended to prepare our graduates to be lifelong learners contributing to the advance of God’s kingdom as faithful followers of Jesus wherever He may call them to serve.

Our Values

We believe in the Triune God who has revealed Himself in Creation and, supremely, in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Bible, which bears witness to Him. We believe that God has called us to love and worship Him with our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. Therefore, we strive to provide an environment where each child is given the opportunity to develop his or her mind and affections within the framework of a biblical worldview. We also believe that God the Son left the glory of heaven to serve, even in the shame and pain of death on a cross. We are called to follow in Christ’s footsteps of self-sacrifice and humble service. The school recognizes its theological foundation in the Reformed tradition, as articulated in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

The practical application of these values includes:

  • Maintaining an orderly, disciplined environment that allows each child to fully engage the learning process
  • Providing opportunities for wholesome play
  • Using recess as an opportunity for wholesome play
  • Maintaining good relations with the community in which the school is placed
  • Acknowledging God’s sovereign grace in all aspects of the school and modeling this grace in the school community and beyond
  • Handling disagreements and discipline biblically
  • Managing the resources that God has given us in a fiscally responsible manner.

School Shield

St. Stephen’s Academy is named for one of the first deacons of the church, whose most famous gift of service was his eloquent testimony to God’s plan of history. He is represented on the school shield by three symbols:

  • The flame – Stephen was “full of the Holy Spirit,” Acts 6:5
  • The book – Stephen’s testimony was founded on the truth of the Bible, Acts 7
  • The crown of thorns – Stephen’s willingness to follow the Lord Jesus, whatever the cost

“But none of them were able to stand against Stephen’s wisdom and spirit.” Acts 6:10

The school’s motto is “Christus in Litteris,” Latin for “Christ in Scholarship.” “Christ the power and wisdom of God.” I Corinthians 1:24