Watching barriers break down yesterday [during our trip in Kenya] reminded me that all kids are just kids, and novel experiences can be frightening. But if you pursue them anyway, they can expand your world view, and build meaningful connections that can change your life.

The World is Waiting

At St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes, we know that there is way more out there than we can ever imagine. There are rich, diverse cultures and histories, colorful traditions, and untouched terrains. There are students, just like ours, on the other side of the world. At SSSAS we prepare our students to do more than stare wide-eyed out into the world; we prepare them to explore, collaborate, respect, cooperate, and value the world outside of our community. We prepare them to serve. We prepare them to go.

We ensure our students are exposed to and understand world religions, cultures, and economies. We focus on global issues and access information using a variety of international sources. We provide students the opportunities to communicate in languages other than English and to work cross-culturally, connecting through interdisciplinary projects and international programs. Our school is guided by an international vision so that our graduates are prepared for today's vibrant, competitive, and emerging marketplace.

Preparing for the Journey

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  • International Exchange/Student Programs

    • Spring break trips offered for Upper School students every year. Students go to places like Costa Rica, China, Madrid, Greece, Croatia, Argentina, France, and Romania.
    • Normandy, France student exchange program
    • Spanish exchange program
    • Host to Danish students and teachers
    • Model Organization of American States
    • Middle School Model United Nations
  • Multicultural Education and Training

    • New Faculty Multicultural Workshop
    • JK-12 Multicultural Committee, Retreat, and Faculty Workshop
    • Anti-Bias Program for students
    • Multicultural Nights in all three divisions
    • Courageous Conversations group
    • Three student multicultural committees
  • Language Offerings

    • French (AP offered) (starting in 4th grade)
    • Latin
    • Mandarin (starting in 8th grade)
    • Spanish (AP offered) (starting in JK)
    • Study of the modern and traditional cultures of Chinese, French, and Spanish-speaking countries
  • Cross-Curricular Connections

    • Middle School students explored the essential question of "How does where you live shape your identity?" by interacting with peers their age in Ecuador, Japan, Vietnam, and The Ivory Coast through a video sharing platform called Flipgrid. Students then wrote a reflection on the project where they shared how this project challenged them to see how their upbringing in the U.S. compares to people their age in other parts of the globe, and it helped them see how the history they have studied has really shaped their outlook and opinions.
    • Seventh grade poetry exchange with students overseas
    • Live chats/exchanges via SKYPE with students in Morocco and a poet in the UK
    • Lower School Travel Convention
    • Middle School participates in World Maths Day
    • Upper School Oral History Project
  • Addressing Global Issues

  • Curriculum Offerings

    Lower School Singapore Math

Partnership With St. Paul's in Haiti

In 2011, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes formed a relationship with St. Paul’s, and members of our religion department made two visits to the school that summer. During one of the visits, SSSAS was able to deliver 20 laptop computers that were no longer being used by our faculty to St. Paul’s for student use. These laptops were the first computers St. Paul’s School had ever been given. And since then, faculty and students have visited St. Paul’s at least once a year. To learn more about our partnership, read this article from the SSSAS Magazine.

In 2016 Father Walin, the head of our Haitian sister school and parish St. Paul's Episcopal School in Montrouis, Haiti, to our school. He attended chapel on each campus, shadowed various members of the faculty, and visited classrooms to answer questions from students. Watch Father Walin deliver a powerful message at our Upper School chapel.