Our child has been at St Stephen's from age 4 (Primary Class). He is currently in the Middle School. He has excelled academically, and over the years has tried many cool things, from basketball to photography to the da Vinci Lab. Most importantly, we appreciate that he is part of a loving community that values every soul on campus.
- IMYC (Middle School) Parent, Spring 2017
Having a smaller amount of students in the learning environment allows the student to develop relations that are a lot more meaningful. We are closer to one another and can be seen as one large family. Like the phrase goes, “quality over quantity," and that's what St. Stephen's has to offer.
I have been at St. Stephen's since 2nd grade, and for the past two years I have been in the middle school. I can say, with all my heart, that it is a great middle school. The academics offered there are excellent and engaging. The teachers push us to do our best and help us get there. Socially, my classmates and the community is one I’ll never forget, and it is one that will never forget you.
- IMYC 8th Grade Student, Spring 2017
We are so happy at St. Stephen's Episcopal School. We moved to SSESH because our third grade daughter was constantly stressed by homework and exams at her previous school. The Montessori philosophy is perfect for her, and most children, I believe. She loves learning again and is flourishing. The amount of homework for my now 5th grader is less than 20 minutes per night and she usually gets it done during one of their built in free work periods. She has art, music, and Spanish twice a week and drama and Da Vince lab once a week. The Fine Arts Program at SSESH is outstanding and is helping both of my children blossom into happier and more creative and confident individuals. I love that in Montessori kids can work at their own pace and move about the classroom. There are many students that can work well above their grade level. The teachers at SSESH are the best we have ever had. They are so caring and engaged and my kids absolutely adore them. My kids already know the teachers in the advanced grade levels and this creates excitement for the future. Finally, my favorite aspect of the school is its culture. The school is "wildly creative, compassionate, and accepting." Not only are my children getting a fantastic education here, they are also becoming amazing human beings!
- Upper Elementary Parent, Fall 2017
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience we've had at St. Stephen's. My daughter is in Primary 1. Prior to mid-July, I was unfamiliar with Montessori and I had never heard of St. Stephen's. I had been frustrated that my daughter didn't fit in well at her traditional preschool. A friend from out of state was telling me about her daughter's Montessori school-- Montessori seemed interesting and I planned on looking at schools in Houston during the fall admissions season.
I was at an event this July where I met Jill Weaver [teacher]. My daughter was with me and was immediately drawn to Jill. Jill said she loved children and she used to be a preschool teacher but now taught elementary. After talking more, I learned about St. Stephen's and asked her if she thought my daughter would be a good fit. She spent a lot of time talking with me about the challenges I was facing in my daughter's traditional preschool and whether Montessori could help alleviate some of our issues. That night, I spent hours on the St. Stephen's website learning more about the Montessori approach. I called the admissions office to see if there was any availability for the upcoming school year. St. Stephen's arranged for my child to be evaluated the last week before school closed for the last summer break. Everything happened so quickly and I was so appreciative as I wanted my daughter to start at the beginning of the school year.
I truly felt like the stars aligned for us to find St. Stephen's and I couldn't be happier.
I was in the classroom to celebrate my daughter's 4th birthday. I was so impressed by the love and compassion shared by her teachers and classmates. My mom has not stopped talking about her experience at Grandparent's Day. Each experience I have on campus makes me love St. Stephen's even more.
Thanks for all you do to make St. Stephen's be such a special place!
- Primary Parent, Fall 2016
I am so happy that we found St. Stephen's. Every day my children (1st grade and pre-k) come home excited about what they learned at school. The academics are superb. The students are taught broad concepts and problem solving rather than memorizing facts for a test. The lower school provides an excellent Montessori program that has allowed my children to thrive. We are very excited for the new International Middle Years Curriculum. St. Stephen's is truly diverse and very international. Each child is proud of what makes him or her unique and interested in the differences in each other. The community is warm and open. In addition to excellent academics, St. Stephen's is committed to a vibrant fine arts, music and drama program.
- Lower Elementary and Primary Parent, Spring 2016
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