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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 Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1964
Status Private
Head of School Jill Muti
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 14-19 years
Number of pupils 300
Day fees per annum €30,550 per annum
Boarding fees per annum €51,003 per annum
Average Class Size 13-18
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Nadia El-Taha

Why Choose St. Stephen's

St. Stephen's provides a demanding academic program taking full advantage of its location in the historic center of Rome. We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, which is balanced by a diverse co-curricular program that fulfills the requirements for the full International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and a US high school diploma.

The First IB School in Italy

In 1975, St. Stephen's was the first school in Italy to offer the International Baccalaureate Programme to students in grades 11 and 12. As a leading IB World School, our graduates have consistently ranked in the top percentile of IB exams, including perfect scores of 42 and the highest IB scores in the history of the School in recent years. Our average IB score is 36.

Building Futures Since 1964

St. Stephen's offers specialized career and university counseling services that aid students in the college or university search process, as well as potential academic and career choices. Our international student body applies to multiple education systems and matriculates to universities throughout the world whose admissions requirements vary widely.

A Focus on Internationalism and Global Citizenship

Our internationally-minded community aims to foster a keen sense of global citizenship in our students, who hail from more than sixty nations. 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 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.

Rome Is Our Classroom

Our English language high school is surrounded by Western Civilization's most significant historic monuments, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Circus Maximus - all within minutes of our campus. Teachers use the Eternal City as their classroom, and students gain first-hand knowledge of history, art, archaeology, classics, and cultural heritage. We provide a world-class education in an intellectually challenging environment that transforms young minds and prepares them to excel in high school and in their future endeavors.

World-Class Professionals Comprise Our Faculty

St. Stephen's employs award-winning authors, playwrights, researchers, archaeologists, art historians, accomplished musicians, scientists, and professionals in many sectors who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. The real-life experience of our faculty enables them to share a high level of expertise with students. Ninety percent of our faculty have advanced degrees, and twenty percent have earned a PhD.

A Commitment to Discovering Rome and the World

A program unique to St. Stephen’s is our dynamic faculty-led trips and experiential service-learning program. Trips take students to regions throughout Italy every fall, and to destinations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Basin every spring. Paired with summer service-learning experiences in Rwanda, Senegal, and Sri Lanka, students benefit by gaining new insights and develop a global mindset balanced with compassion and consideration for others.

Signature Programs

Through the St. Stephen's Lyceum, students benefit from enriched classics courses and collaborations with prestigious institutions. Students may elect to take Classical Greek & Roman Studies in the IB Diploma Programme. Our classical studies courses build on the past and unite with the world of technology and globalization.


Students enhance their technology skills in the iLab as they learn to design, program, build, and compete in robotics using EV3 Lego Mindstorm or Tetrix Java-based robots. Artists use Wacom tablets to design in 2D and digitally cut and assemble various products and models. Students explore 3D design via Google Sketchup, AutoDesk's Fusion 360 or Inventor programs, as well as Unity, widely used for creating animations and augmented and virtual reality. Students can learn to create and program a myriad of problem-solving devices using Arduino, and a variety of drones, photographic and video equipment, and small robots such as Sphero are available to explore and program. Students can explore virtual reality experiences and learn to make their own Virtual and Augmented Reality applications, and with Cozmo programmable robots, IBM Watson they construct chatbots and learn about creating and using Artificial Intelligence.

Molecular Genetics

St. Stephen's offers science students an advanced molecular genetics program. Developed in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Labs, Europe's flagship laboratory for Life Sciences, this collaboration allows students to develop inquiry-based lab skills and participate in university-level research with state-of-the-art equipment so they may expand and deepen their scientific literacy and competencies.

Five Core Values Anchor Our Community

A strong commitment to our core values of care, integrity, scholarship, independence, and creativity defines us and provides an essential foundation for building character. Students feel supported and free to achieve their personal best.