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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 292
Day fees per annum €24,700
Boarding fees per annum €38,550
Average Class Size 13-18
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Nadia El-Taha

Welcome to St. Stephen's School, Rome

We are a four-year, international, non-denominational day and boarding school in the heart of Rome. Our small size and stimulating collaborative environment offer students a transformative college preparatory experience anchored by the highest standards of both American and European education traditions. The School's core values of care, scholarship, creativity, integrity and independence embody what we believe and strive to achieve as a community; they are a reflection of the vision we hope young graduates and students will share, as well as the values we aspire to model for them.

Inspiring Independent Thinkers

St. Stephen's has the oldest International Baccalaureate program in Italy. Our graduates have consistently ranked in the top percentile of IB exams since 1975. Five of our students have achieved perfect scores in the last two years, and in 2016, over 25% scored 40 points and higher. While most students elect to enroll in the IB program, select Advanced Placement courses are also offered.

Through close mentoring, intellectual inquiry and inspired teaching in a small class setting, we motivate students to reach their fullest potential and take responsibility for their academic achievement, which readies them for the most competitive universities on both sides of the Atlantic and the joys and benefits of lifelong learning.

Student Life

Our Size Promotes Community

We are small and this allows us to get to know and work one-on-one with each student. We focus on building close relationships between faculty and students and creating a sense of community. Through common pursuit of knowledge, through shared travel and through experiencing new cultures together, students who live and learn at St. Stephen's carry this rare moment forward into the rest of their lives.

A Residential Boarding Program

Fully integrated with our day school of 250-day students, 46 boarders make up our vibrant boarding program and are housed within the school's campus in an historic villa and ex-convent 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.

Inclusion through Diversity in Our Student Body

Students from all over the world learn and study together. With more than forty nations represented amongst our students and ten languages offered at the school, the distinctiveness of our student body promotes inclusiveness, enriches the educational experience, and supports a sense of global citizenship. We welcome students who can bring their own individuality to our smart, gifted, edgy and artsy student body.

The Academic Program

All students earn the American high school diploma and ninety-nine percent earn the International Baccalaureate diploma. The academic program is modeled on the American independent school tradition of comprehensive college and university preparation in six academic areas: English, Foreign and Classical Language, History, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Arts. AP courses in US History and in languages are offered. Extensive field trips into the historic center of Rome characterize history, English and art classes.

Rome as Our Classroom

"Why look at a textbook when I can touch the wall of an emperor's villa?" Latin teacher

We are the only English language high school in the historic center of Rome. Located five minutes from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus, our unique and unrivaled location enables us to use the Eternal City as our classroom every week. With Rome’s cultural wonders everywhere, students engage with their surroundings through field trips, visits to archeological ruins, catacombs, the omnipresent fountains, and richly varied museums. Our thriving close-knit community transforms receptive young adults and exposes them to a world-class education.

Creating Global Citizens through Trips and Co-Curriculars

More than thirty clubs and activities offer students opportunities to develop beyond the classroom, while a dynamic all-school trips program takes students every fall to many regions throughout Italy, and every spring to destinations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. Travel provides students with concrete ways to explore and develop greater historical appreciation and cultural understanding. Coupled with service learning experiences in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Lithuania, students gain new insights into the world in which they will venture equipped with a global mindset balanced with compassion and consideration for others.

A Faculty of Talented Professionals

From authors and playwrights to musicians and published scientists, our diverse faculty includes distinguished scholars in many fields; 83% have an advanced degree, and 20% have earned a PhD. A professional development program allows teachers to keep up with educational trends throughout the year, which they then transmit in the classroom. With a prepared and engaged faculty, students are challenged intellectually and motivated to achieve their personal best.