St. Stephen's is a unique school with a vision for the future. From the earliest grades, it is apparent that the goal is to guide students toward a successful outcome as a graduate of the school. Children are inspired toward learning and using their minds and talents to their greatest ability and for God's glory. The school uses weekly printed and electronic communication and an online system that allows parents to see what their child's homework is for the week. Families come from a wide area and many different backgrounds, and are encouraged to be active in various roles within the school. The administration and board have outlined a careful plan to grow the school while maintaining the small class sizes and sense of unity within the school that we parents treasure for our kids.
For most students this school provides an excellent education and consistent environment. The teachers are caring and studious. This school is not however is not flexible enough to accommodate different learning styles and disabilities, which can lead to student, parent, and teacher frustration. Communication is also an issue here. It is not uncommon to learn about a field trip or special event less than a week prior to its occurrence. This is compounded by the secretaries utter refusal to use E-mail as a means of communication. Another issue I have with the school is that the leadership does not seem to understand that they are there to serve the school s students and families, not the other way around. Also understand that the onsite church is in strict control of the school, this including who is on the board and who is hired to work here. This has lead to a hiring practice that appears to favor church members over all others, including professional educators. As for parent involvement, there are a few core families that form the primary click. This click does very little to promote additional family involvement, so do not except a warm welcome.
It s our daughters second year at the school and we have to say that St. Stephen s is a blessing to our family. The school no only excels academically, it also builds the character of a child. The staff is very dedicated and provides a loving and safe environment. Would recommend the school to any family who truly cares about their child s education and spiritual growth.
As a parent of very active boys, I was not sure how our boys would do in a very structured classical academic school setting. SSA however has been a perfect school choice for our family. Our boys love going to school; they are challenged and kept engaged throughout their school day. This is not a sit in your seat and do worksheets school. The academics are wonderful and the overall school culture is helping to create boys and girls who are respectful, kind and compassionate people. We love the Christian worldview that our children learn through at SSA. We recommend SSA to any parent who wants a classical Christian education for their child. It would be difficult to go to any other school after being at SSA.
Teaching the next generation of kids to think on their own, care for others and learn how God plays a larger part in our world. My two boys have only been at this school for a few months and it finally feels that our values as a family continue when they walk in the classroom. The small classroom size also allows for more concentrated teaching. It is a school we are very happy with.
We are very pleased with the small class sizes, the excellent teachers and staff, and the high quality of education or son has received.
St. Stephens provides a world class education in an enriching environment. The faculty to student ratio is kept low enough to allow for the one on one teaching that is required to equip our children for current and future success in their studies. As a Christ centered school the education and comittment to excellence cannot be beat.
SSA is a wonderful place for children to learn and thrive. Excellent academics using the Classical learning structure, caring staff, and Christian principles make it a school that I hope to send all my children through to graduation. Great facility, and solid plans looking toward the future.
If there was an option for 6 stars, it would still not be enough. St. Stephens has exceeded our expectations and desires. Our student has gained so much support and knowledge in such a short amount of time. They don't let a young mind eager to learn, go to waste. They are loving and kind with so much fun, amidst setting high expectations and standards for the kids. Behavior is important, and they address it, but the heart is eternal and that is their priority. I couldn't be happier knowing she learns more about who God is on a daily basis and in everything they teach. I could go on....
The school is ok. I a. Not sure if my kid happy there . I will stay another year and see.
St. Stephen's Academy the best education around, although the rules are a bit strict. My kids have an excellent classical education and will be well-equipped for college.
Our son entered St. Stephen's at 9th grade after homeschooling during his elementary and junior high years. While this was quite a different learning environment, the staff and students helped him make the transition with little difficulty. The teachers at St. Stephen's are wonderful role models who have inspired him to work hard and enjoy learning and have also provided lots of extracurricular activities in the form of sports, drama, and a trip to Washington D. C. During every class, he is challenged by the coursework and learns every subject as an integrated part of the world God made. Throughout the year, I have seen not only his mind change, but also his heart change as he comes to know God and His creation more fully. Because of spending his high school years at St. Stephen's, my son will have an excellent academic education, but most importantly, he will know what is true, good, and beautiful and know why. Every school day is spent internalizing a Biblical worldview which enables him to confidently share his faith with those around him. I am thankful that the money and time invested in St. Stephen's now is preparing my son for the rest of his life.
Why St. Stephens? There are many schools in Portland. SSA is the only school that complements our educational priorities for truth, virtue, and beauty. The children are educated in God's world in light of God's Word - and love it!
St. Stephen s Academy stands out for the caring investment the teachers and administrators make in each child. They take the time to know and understand each student, what motivates them and how best to academically serve them. We greatly appreciate the high academic standards that St. Stephen s employs. The students are taught to be critical thinkers that can analyze, deconstruct and draw their own conclusion to a complex situation or problem. The academics are rigorous at every grade level, and the teachers are fully invested in each student to help them navigate the challenging curriculum. The staff does not let a student under-perform, but rather proactively work with the parents and student to bring the child back to an academically successful level. We have been very impressed with the hands-on stance the staff takes and how this motivates every student to achieve. If you desire to provide your child with an academic foundation that will propel into college, as well as positively shape them for life, then you don t have to search any longer. St. Stephen s Academy will equip your child with the tools of success for today, and for wherever tomorrow may take them.
We could not ask for a better school! Caring & dedicated teachers/staff, small class sizes, curriculum that is relevant to the child's learning style/ability and a warm and hospitable environment.
Our only child, 2nd grader, began attending St. Stephen s last year. We could not ask for a better school for him. As Christian parents, St. Stephen s provides our son with a Christian worldview, classical education, and an inclusive and welcoming environment. Curriculum is challenging and the school has clear rules and expectations for both students and parents; our son is thriving and we are delighted to be involved in his learning. From day one, St. Stephen s has proved to stand in what its vision is for its students.
Both of my children started attending St. Stephen's academy this year. They came from another private school whose curriculum was weak. They had some catching up to do. St. Stephen's has great curriculum and amazing teachers! The teachers are dedicated in their teaching and want their students to learn and thrive. The teacher's take the time to understand how the child learns and they are willing to stay after school on their own time to help them succeed! Great school, great teachers!
Although a great school, SSA is a bit strict with pointless rules. For an example, the uniform rules are against anything modern or "in style". Also the books that we are required to read are very boring and do not appeal to the children. Aside from that, the teachers are very dedicated and do care about the children that they teach.
Excellent small private school in the Beaverton Area. We started at SSA 6 years ago when our son was in 1st grade. Now all of our children attend and we are excited for the education they are receiving. They will be well prepared for life after high school!
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