At St. Stephen’s each child is known and loved for their individual strengths. Our campus offers varied experiential opportunities for students to explore these strengths whether in the science lab, outside on the nature trail or on the archery range. It is our belief that, as our students are known and challenged with love, they soar!
The balanced, challenging academics at St. Stephen's Episcopal School encourage intellectual curiosity, guide each child to think independently, and stimulates the desire for lifelong learning. With an over 28-year tradition of extraordinary educational experiences, St. Stephen's Episcopal School is proud to provide a carefully planned academic program in the core subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, supported by varied off-campus educational experiences. Beginning in PreK, the School's approach is to make learning individualized, integrated, and experiential while affirming the School's commitment to educating the whole child.
Core subjects are designed to promote mastery of essential skills and concepts. Beyond its core curriculum, St. Stephen's includes studio art, music, technology, daily physical education, outdoor learning, and chapel services. The St. Stephen's program is enhanced by a campus that includes a fully equipped science lab, library, Chapel, main Church, the Jack Johnson Gymnasium, three playgrounds, a playing field, a discovery garden and outdoor classroom, a nature trail and an outdoor chapel. The strong balance between academic approaches and experiential learning creates self-confident students able to solve problems and think creatively.
St. Stephen's Episcopal School recognizes that each child is an individual and gears teaching strategies to ensure that students will experience success at their level of learning. St. Stephen's creates a supportive learning environment that responds to learners' needs through a variety of materials, technology, and methods, including differentiation and flexible grouping. Grades 1 – 6 are mixed age group classes, i.e. 1st/2nd; 3rd/4th; and 5th/6th. Students are challenged to set higher goals and rise to higher achievement as their individual gifts and talents are discovered and developed.
In an effort to acknowledge various levels of academic ability, social development, and learning styles, while engaging all learners, St. Stephen's provides active and in-depth learning through curriculum integration. This interdisciplinary curriculum approach allows a common framework to facilitate connections across disciplines. This method helps students relate information from various content areas, connecting learning to real life, and making teaching and learning more meaningful.
PreK students, depending on if they are full or part-time students, have chapel, music, studio art, and physical education twice a week and spiritual formation and growth once or twice a week. Students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade have physical education daily, chapel two or three times a week, music and studio art twice a week, and spiritual formation and growth once a week. Beginning in 1st Grade, students have archery instruction in PE. St. Stephen's was the Texas Elementary National Archery in Schools Champion in 2014.
Outdoor Education. St. Stephen’s practices a holistic and experiential approach to learning that includes various day or overnight trips, special programs brought in from outside sources, and use of resources on campus, including the discovery garden and outdoor classroom, the nature trail with labyrinth, and the native prairie preserve. STEAM. St. Stephen's has added the Arts to its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics initiatives to create STEAM. This is an integrated, active, real-world problem-solving curriculum approach encouraging students to be more creative and collaborative. The iPad is a valuable tool for exploration and discovery and is used across subject areas as part of the STEAM initiative. The iPad program has proven to promote collaboration and teamwork among students. St. Stephen’s teaches Lego Mindstorm robotics and coding in Grades 3 – 6 and utilizes Wonder Workshop’s Dot and Dash program to teach coding to PreK4 – 2nd Grade students. PreK3 and PreK4 utilize OSMO with iPads in centers to explore elemental coding and music.
Morning Listening Program & Kodály Music Concept and Dancing Drum® “Drumming Up Character!" Program. Each day at St. Stephen's begins with Music in the Morning, a selection of classical music that is played for the entire school to hear and then briefly discussed by our faculty music instructor. It is followed by recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the School Creed, and the scripture of the week. Much of St. Stephen's music program is based on the Kodály Concept, an American adaptation of the Hungarian method developed by Zoltan Kodály. This pre-literacy method stresses singing, as the voice is the most natural and universal instrument. Students also utilize classroom percussion instruments and become acquainted with the piano keyboard and the recorder. St. Stephen’s also utilizes an innovative, cross-curricular African drum musical program by Dancing Drum®—“Drumming Up Character!" The program combines an introduction to percussion, character lessons, and African culture learned on authentic African drums. Classes present various musical programs during the year along with an annual Christmas Pageant.
Extracurricular Programs. St. Stephen's offers after school extracurricular courses each semester for an additional fee. Opportunities vary each semester and have included courses such as science adventures, studio art, kids in the kitchen, guitar instruction, theater, archery and soccer. St. Stephen's has developed a nationally recognized archery program that begins with instruction in PE class for First through Sixth Grades and is extended through extracurricular course offerings. There is also choir offered after school through a program sponsored by St. Stephen's Church. Melody Makers for Kinder through Second Grade, and Celebration Singers for Third through Sixth Grades is open to the community at no charge. These programs illustrate the School's commitment to experiential learning and the development of teamwork.