November 20, 2015
We looked at multiple private schools and have extended family members attending three other private schools. When first looking, Steward was number 3 on my list of schools...but after the tours, meeting the staff, finding out about the small class sizes, getting to know other families at all schools, and talking to relatives about "what would they do if they could do it all again" (even though they liked the great education, they were having character/bullying & entitlement issues at their schools, as well as little individualized attention and lack of teacher communication,) we chose Steward. Steward is truly a hidden gem in Richmond. Many old-time Richmonders sometimes don't look at it because they want their children to go to the school they attended (rightfully so, and I totally understand...but is one of the reasons they don't consider it, since Steward is only 43 yrs old vs. 125 yrs old.) Two of my friends told me they wanted to send their kids to Steward, but since the Grandparents were footing the bill, they had to choose a school "the family" has been attending in the past. While touring various schools, I also noticed that Steward seems to be more truly diverse...some of the bigger private schools will have a seemingly small % of African American students, and are otherwise Caucasian. Steward school has a great mix of diversity that reflects Richmond's demographics, with Hispanic, Indian, Asian, African American (and foreign exchange students in high school.) I personally feel that Steward kids have less of an "entitlement" culture (when compared to most other private schools,) and therefore attracts a more diverse student body because the entire family is welcomed. The teachers are top-notch, the facilities are excellent, and the administrators are now settled in and making continuous improvement (my only complaint was some of the past administers...but they've now fixed that! ...and I'd add one more class/grade in LS!) My kids love this school!!
- submitted by a parent