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K-12|Private
250 students
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Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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Leadership is open, communicative, receptive, responsive, and truly desires to know each family.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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More emphasis on inner character than external image


Amount of homework: Strongly agree


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Honors family time when considering amount of homework



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From the warm welcome at the beginning, to the heart of the teachers and staff to truly know each of their students' needs, to the high standards of the academics and instruction, to the culture of excellence and godly consideration that produces self-governing students, St Stephens has exceeded our expectations in every way. Truly, our family has been blessed in countless ways by the St Stephens community. What a stunning example of Christian community, grace and truth, wisdom, and professionalism we have experienced through our interactions with the staff! We appreciate the emphasis on decorum and inner character over image, and see the character of the faculty and administration shine through in everything they do! What a breath of fresh air in the private school arena St Stephens is!



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Great education, small class sizes, a wonderful community and caring staff.




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Our children have attended St. Stephen's academy for the past five years and the school has been a tremendous blessing to them. It has provided them with challenging academics, but academics are only one part of the education they receive. They are educated unto virtue. They are taught not only what is true, good, and beautiful but they are taught to appreciate these things above the other distractions of this world. My children have teachers that love them, that pray for and with them, and whom come along side of us as a partner in their development. These teachers love their subjects and share this excitement with the students in the classroom daily. The administration does a great job of listening to and addressing concerns that they are able to. I highly recommend this school to anybody that values a high quality education in which a Christian worldview is taught throughout all subjects and not just in chapel.



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Don't be fooled by, "Grace filled learning environment." Administration promotes domineering, approach that demands obedience. Look for sign at front of one classroom urging "Obey right away every day with a good attitude." Don't expect staff knows what rules actually say, or what purpose of rule is. It’s not that there are stupid rules to adhere to, but stupid adherence to rules. Don't be fooled by student-oriented claim. Feels like we pay for privilege of doing therapy for staff who are constantly patted on back as if volunteers. If critical of staff, you are urged to consider teacher's feelings, and cautioned how you speak to teachers. In contrast we saw students chastised publicly, heard staff tell a student, "Every time something happens, you're in the middle of it." Several times saw students rebuked by one teacher, then another brought in to rebuke student again. Does staff make sure they know what actually took place, or what motives really are? What we've witnessed is that staff assumes the worst. We've seen boys belittled to the verge of tears, and prayer used as a method of discipline. Admin is averse to even slightly different learning styles. Want to know what goes on at in service? All they say is they pray for the children. Would be better to pray for themselves. Now less inside view, because parents can no longer walk children to classroom. It’s just logistics, but they already have transparency problems. Do not be fooled by claims to promote love of learning. If eager "A" students become apathetic, something is wrong. School seems unable to consider that teachers can and should improve their behaviors and attitudes. Child has stomach aches every morning, fears speaking up will make things worse, has behavior micromanaged, made responsible for teachers' feelings, blamed when things go wrong, has growing desire not to attend? Admin says yours is the only child having trouble; there is nothing for staff to improve, (unless a teacher is insubordinate to the headmaster). Don’t be fooled by claims to pursue truth. Admin does not acknowledge research into brain development, know what business likes, utilize text books that base statements on verifiable reality, etc. This school simply offers a different narrative. Can your child get a good education and are there some great teachers? Yes, but we find administration secretive and unresponsive.



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Some students at this school were engaging in some very unhealthy habits. When I brought it to the administrator's attention, they engaged in cover up instead of addressing the issue. They also did a very poor job of monitoring students on a class trip out of town.




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Great academics + wonderful Christian teaching and care. St. Stephen's Academy has been a great blessing to our family for many years. The faculty is dedicated and caring. They're to a person very good at what they do. The families are enthusiastic, and there is strong momentum among the whole community for what the future holds. This is a genuinely Christian school, that knows what its teaching and why. I wouldn't imagine going anywhere else in Portland.



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Our son started attending first grade at SSA this past year. We have been so pleased on many fronts - for a small school, this is a well-run ship! The curriculum is sound, challenging and interesting. (He is bringing home work that I did as a 5th grader!) They are taught to think, process and determine answers. They apply biblical stories to understand build character. The art program is outstanding, our son's drawing skills have sky-rocketed this year. We've had no problems corresponding with the school over email and hearing regular reports - good and bad - from the teacher. There is a polish and professionalism from this school - from the student-led events to the fundraising efforts (auction and golf tournament). It's been a pleasure finding this treasure of a school. We'll be back!!

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