It's very unfortunate that some people are trying to create this upperclassmen vs. underclassmen divide. For the past three years Saint Stephen Students have been accepted to some of the best high schools in the city: Regis, Loyola, Marymount, Xavier, Dominican Academy. Obviously something is being done right.
Led by Mrs. Katherine Peck, I've never seen an upper school so under privliged. The seventh and especially the eighth graders are treated like they are second class citizens in this school. For example, you would think that the school's own principle would be of attendance during the students confirmation, though she wasn't. But one week later she was at the first communion with the second graders. She only cares about money, and her own personal well being, favoring the younger children, as they are generally more wealthy than the older students. As you look at these great reviews, make note of the fact that the majority of them were written by parents with children in sixth grade and under. Even the the teachers, who are truly wonderful and caring, are given the short end of the stick. The Seventh and eighth grade ELA has been requesting ones for his classroom for a year, and the math teacher is reduced to having to write on a new piece of paper to take notes, as her smart board broke months ago. The head of upper school, Nicole McCabe is wonderful, as she treats all students equally and fairly, And she is always present for events. The upper school is important too Mrs. Peck!!!
St Stephens is a wonderful school- both nurturing, academic, and collaborative. If you are looking for a traditional Catholic school with 1950's learning environment then St Stephens is definitely not for you. All grades are seated at tables not lecture style desks. They spend their time in the computer lab, science lab, library, learning French, violin, and most importantly, reading, writing and math. The staff while young, are all professional, nurturing, and top notch (most have earned Masters degrees- from Columbia). The parent community is very strong and very active. Its truly a family at St Stephens.
These cheerleading reviews are from koolaid drinkers already in the school. Recent parish consolidation might bring bigger changes too. The St Stephen's church next to the school is closing. The school operates at a loss. Will St Monica's absorb the loss? Remains to be seen. The kids who go to the school don't attend the local churches which makes the problem worse. The school is dated too. You get a cross fit workout everyday running up and down the stairs. Is there a PhD on staff? Is there a mental health professional on staff? Is there a priest or a nun on staff. No. No. and No. Are the teacher's underpaid? Yes. Is the future cloudy? Yes. The passengers on the Titanic were warm and nurturing too. Still sank.
A gem on the Upper East Side, St. Stephen's is truly a wonderful neighborhood school. With its small class size and supportive environment, any child would thrive. My husband and I are both products of Catholic education and when we were looking for a school for our child, we were thrilled to find St. Stephen's. It is of great importance that our child comes away with a deeper understanding of their faith and coupled with daily religion classes and weekly Mass, St. Stephen's has encouraged an awareness of the powerful role the students play in giving back to the larger community. St. Stephen's has taken an active role in many Service Projects and as an active parent in the school, I am thrilled to be a member of this Community.
As a faculty member I feel lucky to be a part of this great community. I have worked at a number of schools and I have never come across a more active and caring parent body. My colleagues are supportive and always willing to help me. The administration is always available for questions and concerns. The overall feeling of the school is warm and nurturing while challenging everyone to be life long learners.
Fantastic school! Teachers are passionate about teaching and very caring toward children. Children learn a great deal while being surrounded by a great sense of community. Paying so little for excellent private education is such a blessing.