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St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School

Private | PK-12 | 1141 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted May 5, 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


Posted April 9, 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!


Posted September 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 6, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted June 9, 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.


Posted June 1, 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted October 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted May 6, 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!


Posted February 23, 2009

Arguably the most prestigeous school in the state and one of the best in the country.
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Posted 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.


Posted October 9, 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.
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Posted 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.


Posted June 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
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  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Joan Holden
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
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  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
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  • Volleyball

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Alexandria, VA 22304
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