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PK-12
Private
Bradenton, FL
Students enrolled: 755
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315 41st Street West
Bradenton, FL 34209

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(941) 746-2121
(941) 746-5699
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June 17, 2015
Our family was impressed with St. Stephens. We thought the educational opportunity for growth was awesome, at first. Then, we thought about what we really wanted for a children. We want our to be educated, but we also want our children to have solid ethics, morals, and integrity. Would St. Stephens help develop my child's character? Would she grow up to be snob or would she grow up to be a smart intelligent young person who could interact with people from walks of life? I was not sure if St. Stephens would develop that aspect of her life. The lack of diversity on campus stood out. Especially, in the elementary level... While our family is not one that would qualify for financial assistance, I wondered if the organization recognizes a need to offer a hand up. St. Stephens is a great school academically, but I am not sure if it will achieve the other characteristics needed for life. As a result, St. Stephens was not the school for our family.

- submitted by a community member

April 27, 2015
Very disappointed on several levels. Most of the teachers are wonderful (with the exception of 2 we've encountered), but the administration is not effective in solving problems or supporting students going through challenges within their insular community. The school is quite concerned with image over substance and I feel the academic expectations are quite low in comparison to say a Pine View or Riverview IB curriculum. The student body is mainly extremely wealthy, snobby, caddy and cliquey. My children experienced bullying via social media as well as in the school. Very saddened that despite some wonderful teachers and some amazing facilities, our experience has been quite frustrating and has led my child to feel isolated and sad.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2014
Saint Stephens.. Excellent School and well worth every penny! My boys both have attended the summer program as well as my younger son attends the Pre-K program this year. Friendly staff, safe environment and excellent learning experience!

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August 13, 2014
Great school! We moved here 3 years ago and found this "gem of a school". My boys (who have always attended public school in the past) acclimated well due to the friendly, caring staff and students. They have both found a great set of friends and have excelled in school even though the curriculum is much more difficult than they had been used to. The small class sizes are wonderful and the students get one-on-one attention from the well-educated teachers, as needed. Also, the College Counseling office has been great, they are incredibly knowledgable and well-connected to the college world. We are very happy with our decision to send our children to Saint Stephen's!

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July 26, 2014
I really like St. Stephens. We've been sending our child there for 7 years now. The teachers & support staff are wonderful with the exception of one so far and the other parents we have met along the way are great as well. However, I do feel the school cares a lot more about it's image & pocketbook more than anything. The annual tuition is ridiculous and continues to go up in price about 1k each year. But I guess that's the price we have to pay for the many children AND grandchildren of staff members who attend the school at a highly discounted price, if not free! This will unfortunately be our last year at this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2014
Our children attend Saint Stephen's and we couldn't be happier! The faculty/staff truly know each of our three children and embrace their individual qualities. The PK3-12 campus creates a unique and caring community that develops, challenges and supports each child at the appropriate level. I highly recommend Saint Stephen's. If there were a sixth star - I'd give it!

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
Great School, but can't just work really hard and get good grades, you have to be gifted too.

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March 13, 2014
Saint Stephen's is an amazing school! Not only are my children receiving a world class education, they are happy EVERY day. The overall environment is nurturing and truly feels like an extension of family. The children enjoying the arts as well as an excellent sports program. And the academics are challenging enough to accommodate gifted children as well as those who need some assistance along the way. I disagree wholeheartedly with a parent below who stated that the school is only concerned with their bank account. My family has never been in a position to donate much extra to the school but we received help and additional resources for our children numerous times. This is a school who truly cares about helping each, individual student be the best they can be. And the teachers are phenomenal! We cannot say enough good things about the St. Stephen's community!

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2013
Excellent school with community atmosphere, top notch teachers, rigorous academics and wonderful character education. The best!

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August 06, 2013
Saint Stephen's offers an education that is 2nd to none in this area. Not only are the academics world class but the athletics and arts are excellent. My son graduated from Saint Stephen's in 2007. His college experience was wonderful and so much of that can be attributed to the education he received at Saint Stephen's. He learned how to speak confidently in front of a large group, how to entertain during school assemblies, how to study and succeed and how to be part of a team. After graduating from college he was hired by an excellent company and is continuing to use his Saint Stephen's skills to succeed in his career. Thank you to all the teachers and administrators that made such a positive difference.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2013
There are some great people here, but the school is very concerned with its bank account and image. If a child is falling behind, it will be suggested that he/she switches school. Often times, students go to other local private schools for help- that's double the money! If you aren't willing to donate a library/wing/etc., this isn't a school that will offer any help.

- submitted by a community member

May 16, 2013
This is an unethical, hypocritical school. I cannot recommend a school that does not stand by their honor code and is manipulated by money.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2011
Overall, this is a great school. I had many wonderful experiences here; however it became apparent during my senior year (in '03) just how money oriented this establishment is. At the time, the new Upper School was finishing construction and it seemed as if the success and overall reputation of the school seemed to take precedence over the students' overall well being. What a disappointment! I was also severely disappointed with the school counseling system (and overall student support system.) Hopefully, this has changed, as I would never want another student to experience the lack of support I did. My family contributed so much to this school, and I contributed as well with my volunteering and involvement. Overall, I enjoyed my time here and the teachers I worked with. I would recommend this school to anyone. It definitely is a great academic atmosphere, and I am hoping they have developed more of a solid school counseling program for students who struggle or need additional assistance. Despite my semi-negative experiences here, it has pushed me into my current career field. I am now finishing up my Master's of Science in School Counseling, and I couldn't be more happy.

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2011
Our family has been at Saint Stephen's for 12 years and I can honestly say that it truly is a World-class Education! All 4 of my children are excelling in the many opportunities provided to them; academics, athletics, the arts, and volunteerism. The falculty and staff are extremely caring, nuturing and approachable. Our children are taught that making mistakes is part of the learning process and are encouraged to actively participate in class. Saint Stephen's encourages our children to be active learners, confident, self sufficient individuals, and to always strive to be the best that they can be.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2011
Nurturing and challenging all in one. This school provides your child with every opportunity that all children deserve. From Mandarin to Marine Science, there is not an acadmic arena untouched. The teachers guide your child to the next level of higher thinking while making the learning process fun for all.. If you have the opportunity to visit the school for a tour...do so...you will not be disappointed!

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April 05, 2011
Academic rigor, excellent sports, fine and performing arts all within a culture that values family involvement. This will be the best investment you can give your child as 100% of its graduates go to great colleges! We have been so pleased having all three of our children attend Saint Stephen's. They have made friends for life while developing a love for learning that will be within them for life. You will not find a more caring faculty to help guide your child to fulfill his/her potential. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is definitely a 10!

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2011
As a parent of two graduates, I can't say enough good things about Saint Stephen's. My daughters were not only well prepared for college academically, but emotionally and socially as well. The small class sizes, the dedicated faculty, and the strong focus on character education at Saint Stephen's helped them to become the students and young adults they are today. Thank you Saint Stephen's!

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2011
The school has a community spirit to it. Small enough that your child has a name and is not a number, but large enough to have great diversity. The academic program is outstanding and a wide range of athletic programs to choose from. Parents with graduates tell me their child was well prepared for college when they left Saint Stephens.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2009
I am going there now it is a really good school but you have to be willing in working hard for your grades

- submitted by a student

October 12, 2006
The parent involvement is tremendous. We have 3 kids at St Stephen's and they all love it and fit right in. They are definitely being challenged, but the teachers are always open to help. Our 10th Grader chose it over Manatee high, despite the lack of a drum line, and he hasn't regretted it.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2006
If your child is a bright, traditional learner, St. Stephen's is the best school in town. No other will expect your child to excel as this school will. However, if your child is 'outside the box,' the pressure and pace can be overwhelming.

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May 19, 2006
I have found that Saint Stephen's Episcopal School I have attended Saint Stephens Episcopal School for four years and I have found that it was a great place for me. I got involved in the musical and the jazz band and they both served to enhance my experiance. I would recomend it to a friend.

- submitted by a student

April 05, 2006
This program is geared for the child who wants to learn. Effort and acheivement go hand in hand and the teachers at this school encourage, mentor and applaud successes. It is fabulous!

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September 19, 2005
This school has a great moral, academic and social framework. The teachers are enthusiastic and motivate the chldren every single day of the year!

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August 25, 2003
Very good school. The students need to pay very close attention to the teacher at all times. If there is any attention or speech problem, they do not deal well with that situation. They would rarther have the `gifted` kids.

- submitted by a parent

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St Stephen's Episcopal School
315 41st Street West, Bradenton, FL  34209
(941) 746-2121
Last modified St Stephen's Episcopal School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
St Stephen's Episcopal School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top