We've been helping students shine for over 25 years! St. Stephen's strives to inspire a Lifelong Love of Learning. We believe in and enroll Smaller Classes. Our curriculum is Well-Rounded & Challenging. Our core values promote a Character Building learning environment. To truly experience St. Stephen's, you must see it for yourself. Call 512-847-9857 to schedule a visit today! In the meantime, visit our website at www.ststeveschool.org.
Homework varies a lot by grade. In 1st/2nd grade, we were given a packet of homework options at the beginning of each month with about 10 different math activities and 10 different language arts activities. Kids got to choose the 5 activities they wanted to do each week and turn homework in on each Friday. You had the whole week to work on it so that if you had sports practices or other extra curriculars on one or two nights, you didn't fall behind on your homework.
This is our third year at SSES and we couldn't be more please with the school. We have two children at SSES. The blended grades actually work out very well. Daily PE and recesses provide plenty of time for the kids to get their wiggles out and learn about fitness and nutrition. Spanish, studio art and music round out the curriculum. Children do attend a weekly "spiritual formation" class and daily chapel, but it isn't heavy-handed at all. The campus is amazing! 52 acres of beautiful trees, an awesome garden that the kids get to work in, a nature trail, a really neat labyrinth, three playgrounds, and sports fields.
I've heard that under the previous administrations academics were starting to slip, but I can assure you that those problems have been corrected with our new head of school (currently in her 4th year at SSES). You won't find common core and "teaching to the test" here. We've witnessed solid curriculum and top-notch teachers. Classes are small enough that our children receive a tailored education to fit their needs.
Our children attended public kinder and 1st grade, and our experience at SSES is so vastly different - there really is no comparison! Parent involvement is huge at this school. The PFO (Parents & Friends Organization, similar to a PTA at other schools) is amazing! We have have monthly socials and really enjoy each others company. The PFO helps facilitate events like book fair, all-school Halloween party, Grandparent's Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Feast, Earth Day Community Event, and our two major fundraisers, Fun Run and Extravaganza. The amount of parent support in all of these events is unreal compared to what we witnessed in the public school. And I know that parents wouldn't be so willing to participate if they didn't love the school and the education their children are getting there.
If you're in Wimberley, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Buda, or San Marcos and you're looking for private schools, you owe it to yourself and your child to visit St. Stephen's. The minute you drive onto the campus, you'll know you're someplace special.
I taught at SSES for years. My experience prior to SSES included twelve years teaching in public school, including Wimberley ISD and Dripping ISD. I also had three children that attended SSES and my youngest daughter started in the 2 year old program and went all the way through 8th grade. She then went to HS at St. Andrews in Austin and graduated with honors from the University of the South in TN. I will never forget our pediatrician asking her about peer pressure, she was in middle school at the time, her response was, "I go to SSES; we don't have peer pressure. We are a family!" The school is celebrating it's 25th year and it is going strong! SSES offers an environment that allows students to try new things with the full support of their community. This is a wonderful way to help children develop a strong self image, balanced with the responsibility for supporting others and caring for their world.
When our family was searching for a private school in the area we really appreciated the St. Stephen s campus and how it translated to opportunity for our kids. It s a vast and beautiful campus, with tons of trees, a nature trail, a garden and just lots of outdoor space for eating lunch and playing. They also have a field for playing sports, and a gym with all the equipment for a well-rounded P.E. curriculum. And honestly, that was the ultimate determinant for our family. We wanted a smaller private school education, but we wanted our kids to have access to a real P.E. program like we had growing up with the fun competitive games, learning about winning and losing, sportsmanship, and beginning fundamentals of the sports that they may choose to play as they get older. Most of the other area private school alternatives just didn t compare with what St. Stephen s offered in terms of facilities and having a dedicated P.E. teacher and curriculum. And they have P.E. every day of the week, which is hard to find in any setting these days. This was something from our childhood we wanted our children to experience, and they get to at St. Stephen s.
I've had a child at the school now for three years and he has grown so much - socially and academically. My second child started this year and she has quickly developed a curiosity and love for learning that is beyond any of my expectations. Having them in a safe and loving environment - especially in these early years - is very important to us, and St. Stephen's has been the right choice for our family.
The school has declined. The new head master has done some very questionable things. The best teachers in the school are now all gone! We finally had to take our son out once classes were blended. It's sad. It once was a great school. ***** I find it strange that the last 6 raving reviews a were all placed on Aug 1 and 2! Seems very unlikely that 6 parents all decided to post a review on those 2 days. Seems more likely that the staff or same person wrote all 6. Very dishonest for a Christian school! ******
This is my daughter's third year at this school. She loves it, and has thrived here academically and socially. Her standardized test scores are great. It is the perfect balance of high educational expectations and a cherished childhood.