St. Stephen's Episcopal School - Houston Reviews
Caring, creative community with great fine arts! Great teachers. However, large class size keeps the skilled teachers from offering the Montessori experience they otherwise might.
We have been with St. Stephen's for 3 years and our son is thriving. The school and staff have perfected the balance between being academically rigorous while providing a intimate nurturing environment. We really appreciate that the school is continuously finding ways to improve, attract talented staff/admins and students, and focused on enhancing the facilities.
The principal and the teachers have an in-depth understanding of the Montessori curriculum so I am confident in their teaching methods. My child has been attending for two years and I have seen her flourish under the Montessori curriculum. I wish there was an opportunity for parents to get to know one another across various class levels.
PK-3rd Grade is strongest program. 4-6th Grade is weakest program. Middle School program has improved with addition of IMYC. IB High School was a good program but administrators closed it In 2017.
This school has very good academics and is preparing students well for college. The teachers are very hands on and work hard to ensure that all the students do their best. Everyone is accepting, no matter what your background is.
St. Stephens is a place where students receive a more global perspective, taught among a diverse community of teachers and students. If your goal for your children is for them to explore within a challenging academic environment, among a small, respectful community, SSESH may be a good fit.
With an extremely low student to teacher ratio of 6:1, it goes without saying that each SSESH student receives a highly personalized education.
SSESH is investing its resources to carve out a niche in fine arts. In addition to offering regular classes in art, music and film, the after-school fine arts academy offers individual and group lessons for guitar, voice, piano, and photography. Highlights of the 2014-15 year featured the school's musical production of "Godspell," as well as a songwriting workshop with artist in residence Darden Smith.
The student climate is respectful, healthy, and peaceful. During a 2014 visit to campus by the Southwest Association of Episcopal schools, the team made it a point to highlight the genuine care that SSESH students displayed for one another. This is a direct result of the priority the school leaders place on respect and tolerance.
The school is mostly accepting of all cultural groups
The school caters to each student's academic needs. Teachers are happy to help and usually available when needed.
There are no sports for the high school except Tennis.
Opinions are never formed about people with different orientations of any kind.
This school can be incredibly challenging if you want it to be. With the ability to change your courses and take certain classes you can go above and beyond to get a good education.