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St. Stephen's School

St. Stephen's School

Via Aventina 3, 00153 Rome, Italy

+39 06 575 0605



St. Stephen's School
School type Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded 1964
Status Private
Head of School Eric Mayer
Date Appointed January 2014
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 14-19
Number of pupils 294
Day fees per annum €25,145
Boarding fees per annum €39,095
Average Class Size 13-18
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Nadia El-Taha

Location, Location, Location!

St. Stephen's is the only English-language day and boarding high school in the center of Rome. Located minutes from the Roman Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus, our unique and unrivaled location enables us to use the Eternal City as our classroom. Surrounded by Rome's ancient wonders, students engage with their surroundings through field trips and visits to historic monuments, richly diverse museums and archaeological ruins. Our stimulating and intellectually challenging environment transforms receptive young minds and provides access to a world-class education.

A World-Class Faculty

Distinguished authors, poets, playwrights, musicians, and published scientists form our diverse faculty of accomplished scholars; 90% have an advanced degree, and 20% hold a PhD. Students learn from a prepared and engaged faculty, who challenge and inspire intellectual curiosity and motivate them to achieve their personal best. Teachers participate in professional development programs throughout the year to keep up with educational trends and to bring the highest level of instruction, knowledge and experience to the classroom.

A Focus on Internationalism and Global Citizenship

Our internationally-minded community aims to foster a thoughtful sense of global citizenship in our students. We value the American roots of the school; we embrace Rome as our location, in both its historical and contemporary dimensions; and we are global in our outlook, both in terms of our active interest in histories, cultures, languages and belief systems from around the world, and in our personal awareness of the global impact of our actions. We welcome students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds and believe that every one of us contributes in equal measure to the evolving cultural fusion that makes St. Stephen's special.

A Commitment to Discovering Rome and Beyond

A signature program unique to St. Stephen's is our dynamic all-school trips program that takes students to regions throughout Italy every fall, and to destinations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Basin every spring. Travel opportunities provide students with concrete ways to explore and develop greater historical appreciation and cultural understanding. Paired with summer service-learning experiences in Rwanda, Senegal, and Sri Lanka, students gain insights and are equipped with a global mindset balanced with compassion and consideration for others.

The Oldest IB School in Italy

As the first school in the country to offer the International Baccalaureate programme, our graduates have consistently ranked in the top percentile of IB exams since 1975. In addition to the highest IB scores in the history of the school in recent years, three of the perfect scores worldwide were achieved by St. Stephen's students. Our commitment to the International Baccalaureate underscores our adherence to academic excellence, a true hallmark of a St. Stephen's education. While most enroll in the IB programme, select Advanced Placement courses are also offered.

A Boarding Program Nestled Within A Day School

Fully integrated with the day school population, 46 boarders make up our vibrant boarding program and are housed within the school's campus in an historic villa located on the site of a former Roman temple. Our boarding program offers a balance between a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and extra-curricular activities, a structure that eases the transition from home to boarding life, and a student-boarding faculty ratio of 4:1 that supports students as they develop both academically and personally.

An Emphasis on Cultivating Community

We are small. Our student body of 246 day students and 46 boarders allows us to get to know and work one-on-one with each student. We focus on building close relationships and creating a sense of community between students and faculty. We also strive to provide a holistic preparatory experience with an emphasis on our core values of care, scholarship, creativity, integrity and independence, all of which lay the foundation for continued academic achievement and a fulfilling life. Students who live and learn at St. Stephen's carry this unique experience forward into the rest of their lives.