Lower School Program Overview
St. Stephen's seeks to provide a challenging academic curriculum for students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade while maintaining the flexibility to meet the needs of each student. We believe that to be effective, education must be founded on secure mastery of basic skills, taught not only in isolation but also in integration with one another. We place strong emphasis on reading, personal expression of ideas through speaking and writing, and the mastery of computational and problem solving skills. We also encourage critical thinking and scientific exploration, artistic creativity, and physical activity. Our high expectations for academic achievement are balanced with development of a broader sense of the world and the importance of service to others.
The core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies form the foundation of the St. Stephen's experience. This traditional curriculum utilizes technology to engage students, and it is enriched with music, studio art, spiritual formation, and daily physical education classes for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Our 1:1 iPad program includes 3rd through 6th Grade students who are assigned an iPad for their classroom and home use. PreK3 through 2nd Grade utilize iPads in learning centers/stations. In Grades 3 – 6, educational applications on the iPads are utilized for research, writing, math, science, and presentations. In the younger grades, apps are focused on reading, math, and coding.