As a college preparatory high school, St. Stephen’s is here to ensure that your high school student gets the direction, guidance, and support they need to realize their college dreams. St. Stephen’s is committed to sending 100% of its graduates to college—and we have. Our college counselor helps students and parents plan for post baccalaureate education, taking into consideration the strengths, interests and personal factors that are unique to each individual. This process is not just for seniors who are actively working on college applications, but rather as a collaborative process between parents, school, and students in a progression of meetings and planning sessions beginning early in high school.
Attending college fairs and visits by college recruiters supplement the personalized counseling process. In addition, the college-counseling program incorporates innovative and unique programming and curricula that allow students to integrate their St. Stephen's experience with college and university life.
- An SAT Prep class is offered to sophomores and juniors.
- Additionally, during the fall semester, juniors, and seniors attend a class on College Admissions; giving them a dedicated time period in which to explore options, discuss issues concerning standardized tests and admissions criteria. Students then have a weekly meeting to discuss their questions with the counselor.
- During the spring semester, the sophomores join the juniors while the seniors move on to a different class (First Year Experience) geared towards preparing them for the changes ahead.
- In this First Year Experience class, major topics will include:
1. Wellness: This topic includes both physical and emotional well-being. Discussion will center around transition issues such as homesickness, nutrition, and seeking help, as well as time management and mental health (alcohol, depression, and anxiety).
2. Managing Interpersonal Relationships: Learning to live with a roommate you've never met is a big concern, but not the only relationship issue faced by college freshmen. Discussion will include: effective communication habits, cultural norms, setting boundaries, and conflict resolution.
3. Academic Exploration and Career Development: Students will hear about different learning styles expected by college professors and time management issues, as well as learning appropriate etiquette related to seeking letters of recommendation, references, etc. College professionals will be invited to discuss choices of majors and careers.
Profile of a Graduate
All of our graduates are mature, compassionate, life-long learners and critical thinkers ready to improve the world around them in the many disciplines they will be studying and researching. They are:
Intellectually and Creatively. St. Stephen’s strives to cultivate students who are independent, creative, critical thinkers with broad exposure, hands-on experience, and competence across the realm of academic, technological, and artistic disciplines. Physically, we encourage student participation in team activities to provide opportunities for leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and the enjoyment of friendly competition.
Emotionally. St. Stephen’s strives to cultivate students who are emotionally mature individuals, confident, resilient, self-aware, and able to express themselves as well as to listen to and respect others with diverse perspectives.
Spiritually. St. Stephen’s aspires to cultivate students who are spiritually aware, articulate, and self-reflective individuals. By understanding that spirituality is grounded in relationships, they strive for meaningful, loving relationships and peaceful community.
College Acceptance Rate
As of 2012, we have a 100% college acceptance rate. Our students have been accepted to the following schools:
Arizona State University
Case Western Reserve University
The University of Chicago
Ft. Lewis University
Houston Baptist University
Lake Forest College
Lewis & Clark College
Mesa State University
New College of Florida
Otis College of Art and Design
Prairie View A&M University
Rhode Island College of Art and Design
St. Edwards University
Sam Houston State University
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Southern Methodist University
Southwest Texas State University
Stephen F. Austin State University
Surrey Institute of Art & Design University (UK)
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University Galveston
Texas Christian University
Texas Lutheran University
Texas Tech University
Texas Woman’s University
University of Arkansas
University of California at Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver
University of Houston
University of Houston (Honors College)
University of Miami
University of San Francisco
University of Texas System
University of St. Thomas (Honors Program)
University of Texas at Austin/UT Plan II
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas at Tyler
University of the South (Sewanee)
University of Tulsa
Wake Forest University
Western Colorado University