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Alexandria, VA
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1000 Saint Stephens Road
Alexandria, VA 22304

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(703) 212-2730
(703) 751-7142
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October 29, 2014
Anyone who has writtena a bad review here has never attended a public school in VA. I have been to both. I graduated after 2 years at SssAS. I went my first 2 yrs to a public school in Fredericksburg VA which was worst experience of my life hands down. Sssas gave me a realscademic chance. I was new and hard to fit in with more wealthy students who have known each other a long time, but the academics finally gave a challenge I long needed. The stats say it all....if 100 percent of graduates go to college thay really means something...about the teachers amd curriculum... I loved it here and wish I could afford to send my own son here.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2014
I am a senior at SSSAS and believe that many of the negative reviews here are from those that did not take chances in the SSSAS community, or had children that did try to pursue their interests. We are very open, I am no what you would consider a "popular" kid and I am still able to express myself without judgement. The best part of SSSAS is that everyone there is ready to help you. Teachers STRIVE to help you succeed and coaches push you to be your best. Academics are challenging but kids need to know that working hard now will prepare you for the future. There might be "rich" kids here, but many are on financial aid (such as myself). Not everyone is a brat. I went to Fairfax County Public Schools from K-8th and really saw a difference when I first attended SSSAS. THE MOST AMAZING PART FOR ME: students were not interrupting their teachers, instead they were eager to learn and were respectful. SSSAS is a great school for a 9-12 education that will allow you to learn that expressing yourself is good.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2014
This Upper School is probably best for those that have found their passion. Most often at this school, that's sports. Lacrosse rules and it's populated by a fast crowd that parties with illicit items and loose sex. Some parents don't discourage it. Passion for non-sports geeks is sometimes drama or music. They have good programs in the performing arts. (Hoorah) We're disappointed with how few grads get into top colleges without being recruited for sports. Many other kids here (50%??) haven't found their place & seem to drift at this school. Not accepted by the cliques of cool kids and not willing to get labeled as a nerd or loser they are anonymous and fairly invisible. Those kids just try to hold on, get a decent education, and graduate. Most (not all) minority kids here are recruited to be sports stars. The culture of elitism and exclusion often starts with the parents, but the kids pick it up. There is pervasive sense of entitlement. Kids drive up in BMWs and Mercedes. Some positives: Most teachers here are committed and really know how your child is doing. Facilities are beautiful. A new headmaster is coming this fall, let's hope she can improve things.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
The academic programs are both smart and useful. The teachers are kind and caring and don't put stress on students to earn the best grades, but the caring shoulder automatically brings the students' grades up. A far cry from Westminster School in Annandale where my daughter started school in kindergarten a couple years ago. Discipline was rule one two and three I found it to be a little much. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School hands down is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Hated St. Agnes (St. Agony). Mean, entitled, little rich girls. Need I say more? Who cares how excellent the academics when all you do is worry about being bullied by the class right ahead of you? This is their main "sport". Literally THE most damaging experience of my young years. My parents spent lots of money to send me to St. Agnes, and I spent even more in psychotherapy recovering from the experience. Unless you want to scar your child, don't sent them for life!

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2013
My child has attended SSSAS since Jr. Kindergarten and has enjoyed school and grown each year. SSSAS focuses not only on academics, but also development of the individual. The school community is like a family and promotes lifelong relationships.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
I am in going into my 8th grade year at sssas. I came in 6th grade and parents, teachers, and students were great. Many people are saying that sssas are having problems with student groups, drugs, and the "hooking up" culture but open your eyes, there will be all of these problems if not worse at any other public/private school. Others say the tuition is to high, but what we are learning the price is worth it. I went to a public school for six years and the biggest overall difference between the schools is that at sssas you are set up for success, where at public school your are on your own

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2012
The teachers work really hard and the school itself REALLY runs well. The problem we have with it is that the drug, alcohol, and hook up culture dominates the school. There is bullying, but cleverly done so as to not be obvious. Diversity is there, but there is a polite cold shoulder. If parents think their child will be sheltered from all this at SSSAS, that is a fool hardy idea. The more likely scenario is that the student can either be drawn into the a fore mentioned culture, or be sidelined for not participating in it. There is a huge amount of pressure on students to "have it all", imposed by the parent and student culture????, not so much by the school. Even so, SSSAS is a great choice for, no doubt, but how can the faculty win if parents don't teach their kids good values, or feel hopeless in the face of the culture, (and the Priests are afraid to teach it)? I would give the school a '5' , but because of the issues I mentioned, I would rate different parts of the school in different ways, some very high and some low.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
Our kids got half their schooling at SS/SA and half in Fairfax County; the public school half was much better. SS/SA is an ideal school for very social B level students, especially those with athletic talent. It is also ideal for parents who want an very nice looking school (the physical and especially sports facilities are quite impressive), who want (and are able) to be part of the Alexandria social scene, who want a school environment shielded from the real world, and who can give the school money. It is not a good school for individualistic kids, very bright or artistically talented students, or those with little athletic talent. The reports of cliques (among students and parents) are true, as are those of favoritism for the kids of big donors, prominent alumni, and important Alexandrians. There are some very fine teachers here and there in the school. The math and science curriculum does not match the better public schools.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2011
As a graduate of SS/SA in the late1970's and as a person who for 12 years worked for the Census (Dept of Commerce) and traveled to over 26 counties in Northern part of Va and visited countless private and public schools in my job, I must say I did not visit very many schools as good as SS/SA. There were some excellent schools, but I think SS/SA was as good as any of them. People rant and rave about some schools and do not show the respect SS/SA really deserves. While a student there, I did have some excellent teachers and though all are gone, SS/SA has added some excellent teachers over the years. I know prices have gone up over the years but there are VERY few public or even private schools for that matter that match SS/SA.

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2010
I am a recent college graduate who attended St. Stephen's St. Agnes for nine years. During my time there, I became part of the community and recieved an incredible education, two of my most vaulable assets to date. My educational advantage was readily apparent in college, where I was able to transition smoothly and remain on top of my studies. In addition, I established a group of lifelong friends that I still see all the time. Though my friends came from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, SSSAS brought them together nonetheless. My college friends often note that they have never seen a high school group so close. SSSAS was one of the best experiences of my life and I cannot think of a better place for a student to spend his formative years.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2010
I am about to enter my senior year at SSSAS and would not want to be anywhere else. I came in 7th grade from living overseas all my life, a hard thing to do. The students were open and welcoming so I made friends quickly. I came from a school with 66 different nationalities, so I was happy to see the student body was diverse. The teachers are caring and always there to help during and after class. I've tried new things at SSSAS, working on the lighting crew for a play and taking a ceramics class. If you are into sports and working out, there is every opportunity to play on a team or use the fitness room, and the trainer is fantastic. SSSAS is home to me, so it's hard to imagine leaving in a year. At the same time, I know I will be ready for college.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2010
I have been a member of the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes community for several years. The students are kind, focused and engaged. The faculty are experts and the parents are welcoming and supportive. I cannot imagine being any happier.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2010
I graduated from SSSAS in 2008. As a college student, I can honestly say that St. Stephen s & St. Agnes prepares its students well for going off into the real world. The college counseling office was very helpful in gauging what was the best college for me. Academics are top rate, with an especially strong English department. As an English major, I feel that the school prepared me well for any college-level English program. Many of the other grads that I ve talked to also say the adjustment to college academic life has been easy, because of the academic rigors we became accustomed to at SSSAS. Between all our classes we write about 100 essays during Upper School, which gives students the opportunity to radically improve their writing. Before attending SSSAS I was at a small-sized middle school where the administration couldn t even remember the names of their sparse students. At SSSAS, the Head of School takes the time to know every student by name, even though there are three separate campuses. If you want to attend an academically strong school where you are more than just a number to the administration, then St. Stephen s & St. Agnes School is the place for you.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2009
I have 2 children at SSSAS, I struggle to pay the tuition, but I am extremely satisfied with my choice to so so. There is a place at SSSAS for every kind of child. The school supports and offers opportunities to be involved in many things. My children are not head's list, they play only one sport, and were very shy when they entered. The community is welcoming, the teachers very sensitive and dedicated, and they have blossomed at this school. The education is excellent, they are fit and healthy, and have made lifelong friendships in a safe and supportive environment. They have learned the value of being a 'good' and 'giving' person, and to use their knowledge with wisdom. I couldn't ask for more.

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June 17, 2009
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no rating May 14, 2009
I am a current student at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. I have read all of the reviews and strongly disagree with many things said. It is a wonderful school and I would not choose any other school over it. Yes there is a huge focus on sports but is that a problem. I mean don't you think that having and for some being a part of the #1 girls lacrosse team in the country is something to focus on and be proud of? Those girls who are given horrible tags have worked hundreds of hours to get to where they are and i do not think that people should speak so lowly of the school.

- submitted by a student
May 06, 2009
I am a former student of SSSAS and I would like to tell all parents and children that SSSAS is not a good choice for anyone. For example, They have no discipline, and no consequences. The teachers are very nice but if a child (say in the Lower School) is picking on another child the teachers are prohibited from defending the picked on child by the administration and I speak from experience. At SSSAS there are some grades that have 'groups'. These groups are the 'popular' ones in the grade and all other children who have an interest in things they don't like they attack like tigers and by half-way through the year I felt that I had no more self-esteem and again I speak from experience. I had a good time at SSSAS from pre-kindergarten-kindergarten! It's a waste of money!

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April 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 23, 2009
Arguably the most prestigeous school in the state and one of the best in the country.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
My grandson has attended St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School since pre-K. He has received an excellent education. The faculty and staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. The students receive a lot of one on one attention.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2008
Our family has spent over $450,000 in tuition at this school over the past 10 years. If you are an obsessive parent with lots of money to donate (in excess of tution) to ensure your child receives every opportunity--deserved or not-- this is your school! However, if you find it unethical, unchristian, and unfair that a school would favor children of alumnae and wealthy donors to the point of idiocy then stay far far away. I do not know why more people do not speak about this school. I can only imagine that with the cost of tuition many would feel embarassed to do so.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2008
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes is an absolutely wonderful place to go to school. I went there for eight years and didn't want to graduate by the time I was a senior. I made lifelong friends there and had some really wonderful teachers, all in an environment where people really care about you as a person. There is no other school in the world that I would have rather attended.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2007
SSSAS is one of the best schools in the area. The school is making some strides in diversity unlike other nearby schools (which is great given that it is minutes from MD/DC). The school tends to take a soft approach toward dealing with problematic youth at every level, which allows affluent bullies (girls and boys) freedom to act out. Despite the shortcomings, the administration is excellent/available. They design a plan that fits your child. Most would agree that resilient, high-achieving students who have friends outside do best.

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May 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 30, 2006
My son attended the school for grades 1-12 and had an excellent experience. No school is perfect and SSSAS had several teachers with whom we disagreed (all have subsequently left), but by and large, I would highly recommend it. SSSAS offers a first-rate education in a positive but structured environment. My son and his classmates were happy, challenged and inspired. The education he received at SSSAS enabled him to be accepted to a top college.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
This is a great school to attend if you are moving to the area. As a perosn who has completed my first year here, I can say that it is one of the top schools in the area. The majority of the teachers are good to average while there is only one teacher that I know of that constantly recieves negitve feedback. The parents are always helping at the school when needed and the after school clubs very from writers club to the iron chef club. There is also a new auditorium known as the CPAC (Chapel & Performing Arts Center). The sports here are all very good and are competitive at their level. Overall, if I am still in the Area at the time I have children, they will go here to SSSAS

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2005
Our daughter is in lower school here. The school is well balanced, providing the full range of academic and extracurricular activities. Everyone is friendly, and they have three attractive campuses in Alexandria. The school has a uniform and a bus, and seems less P.C. than most other equivalent area private schools. We have heard from other parents that the school becomes less demanding, relatively, at the upper levels, and that therefore some students move on to other schools. Even at the lower levels, there does seem to be a tendency to cater to the typical school student, by which I mean affluent, reasonably smart (75th percentile type) kids. Kids significantly above or below that point may be less well served. Overall, we are satisfied but feel there is room for improvement. We looked at many area private schools (and attended several), and liked SSSAS best for now.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
As an alumna, I agree that SSSAS is not worth the money. In an area that has so many impressive private schools, St. Stephen's reputation is just not what it used to be. The education was good, but I feel that I could have received a comparable education elsewhere. I do not think the school's reputation significantly helped me in the college search, either. Since I attended, SSSAS has made great strides in its arts programs, which I applaud for a school that once cared only about sports. As for the drugs, I think that you are going to find that problem at any school where kids have that much money. Overall, I had a few fabulous teachers and a solid education, but my high school experience was far from positive at a place that seemed not only to tolerate, but to foster, the unthinking snobbery of affluent teenagers.

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February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 28, 2005
I have been attending SSSAS for the past 13 years of my life, and as a lifer, I can tell you that it will be a waste of your money to come here for high school. There is too much emphasis on sports, Academically, this use to be a fantastic school, but, as the administration is changing and more of the stellar veteran teachers begin to retire and are replaced with new ones--th e school's foundation is quickly deteriorating.

- submitted by a student
December 31, 2004
The academic programs is unmatchable by any other school. However, the over-emphasis on getting straight A's and being and 'jock' makes me reconsider the decision to place my child in the school. As I am told by my child and other parents, the behavior of the students - more so in the high school - is quite often repulsive. It is a well known fact that there is a considerable amount of drug traffcking that goes on in the high school. Almost all of the other parents I have spoken to say that their teenagers have been caught either drinking or smoking on numerous occasions. Also the 'clicks' in the school often ignore other students as if they do not exist. The bottom line is that SSSAS is great academically, but all other aspects bring it down to mediocrity, making other less expensive private or public schools better to attend.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I know that I am not a parent, but as a former student, I feel like I must comment on St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Like any school, St. Stephen's has its ups and downs, but now that I am no longer apart of the actual community, I realize how much I loved St. Stephen's and how well prepared I am for whatever future endeavors I might have in the future. I had so much fun there and I am sad that I had to leave this year.

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St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
1000 Saint Stephens Road, Alexandria, VA  22304
(703) 212-2730
Last modified St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top