Middle School FAQ's

St. Stephen's and St. Agnes Middle School
4401 W. Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
703-212-2742

Important Phone Numbers
Gillian Walrich, Administrative Assistant: 703-212-2742
Lynne Mabus, Administrative Assistant: 703-212-2741
James Supple, Dean of Students: 703-212-2295 
Josh Bauman, Associate Director: 703-212-2293
Charlotte Riggs, Director: 703-212-2740


What are the school hours?
  • Students arrive at the Middle School between 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.
  • Attendance is taken in Advisory homerooms at 8:00 a.m.
  • If your child arrives after 8:00 a.m., he/she should sign in at the office.
  • If you know that your child is going to arrive late, please call the Middle School office by 9:00 a.m.
  • Sixth grade is dismissed at 3:00 p.m. from the Middle School campus.
  • Seventh and eighth grades are dismissed at 3:15 p.m., usually from the Upper School campus.
  • If your child needs to leave school early, he/she should bring a note to the Middle School office in the morning and sign out before departing.
When is the first day of school?
Registration will take place the day after Labor Day (Tuesday). Classes begin the next day (Wednesday). Be certain that your child's Magnus Health Student Health Record is complete before Welcome Day, as students may not register without the forms completed. 

When will my child get a class schedule?

Class schedules will be given out on Registration Day (the day after Labor Day; Tuesday). Classes begin the next day (Wednesday).

What should I do if my child is sick and must stay home from school?

We ask that you call the Middle School Office at 703-212-2741, by 9:00 a.m. each day your child is absent.

May I pick up homework assignments for my sick child?
The faculty will be posting all homework assignemnts on the web site, so we ask that families take responsibility for getting the assignments from the Web site. Please know we are unable to email or fax homework nor are we able to accept homework faxed or emailed to us.

What is the dress code?
Middle School students are expected to be neat, clean and well groomed. We have different dress codes for chapel days and non-chapel days. Blue jeans, clothing with slogans, logos, or brand names are not acceptable. A detailed description of the dress code may be found in the Student/Parent Handbook. Please refer to the handbook before purchasing clothing for school. If you have any questions about what clothing is or isn’t acceptable, please call Mr. White, Dean of Students, at 703-212-2295. 

How does the carpool line work?
In the mornings, cars should enter the campus from the one-way entrance on West Braddock Road next to Ft. Ward Park, forming three lines heading toward the traffic circle. Students should exit a vehicle only while in the traffic circle. Members of our Maintenance Staff, who have completed extensive safety training by the Alexandria Police Department, monitor the carpool line in the mornings. The carpool line generally moves very quickly anytime before 7:45 a.m.  The afternoon carpool line operates in the same fashion.

Who should I call about transportation issues?

Learn more about Transportation Options on our website, or contact Mr. Johnathan Torres, Director of Transportation at jtorres@sssas.org or 703-212-2810. 

Where can I order books?

Please visit the online School Store for more information about ordering school textbooks. Or contact the bookstore manager at 703-212-2755.

How can I volunteer?

Our school relies a great deal on volunteer efforts, and parent volunteers are very much appreciated. Parents also benefit by finding their own community of friends as well as supporting their child’s school. In the fall families receive the current Student/Parent Directory, with a resource page with information about volunteering at the school. Any questions about volunteering can be answered by the Association of Parents and Teachers (APT) and The Fathers' Club.

How will I find out more information about the school?

A mailing with additional information is sent to families in August.There is an annual Back-to-School Night in September. Throughout the year there are morning coffees and APT meetings. The main resource for information about the workings of the school is the Student/Parent Handbook that you will receive in August. To keep you up-to-date about activities in the Middle School, read the Messenger section of the SSSAS Dispatch which is emailed to you each Thursday.

How does the Extended Day program work?

Students on campus after 3:20 p.m. are to report directly to Extended Day study hall in room 3. All students must be picked up no later that 6:00 p.m. There is a fee for the Extended Day program, and the Middle School office has sign-up forms. Details about the Extended Day program can be obtained from Ms. Lynch at 703-212-2889 or jlynch@sssas.org.

How does lunch work?

Students may bring their own lunch from home or purchase lunch in the cafeteria using the meal plan. Students eat by grade level. 

Our school lunch menus are prepared from scratch, using healthy methods such as baking, broiling, and sautéing, using only trans-fat-free oil. Locally sourced ingredients are used and freshly prepared in our kitchens. Our menus are designed and prepared by SAGE Dining Services, whose registered dieticians review each menu to ensure it provides a variety of nutritious choices.

Daily lunch items include:
  • Three hot entrees, including one vegetarian choice and two vegetables sides.
  • Two freshly prepared homemade soups.
  • An extensive salad bar featuring a wide variety of fresh vegetables and deli salads.
  • A deli bar with a variety of lean meats, cheeses, and locally baked breads.
  • An assortment of whole fresh fruit, as well as fresh cut fruit.
  • A variety of beverages, including milk, water, lemonade and juices.

What are some traditional activities for the entire school family?

Be sure to come to the Fall Family Picnic held at the Upper School Campus on Homecoming weekend. Other terrific school wide family activities are the Sleepy Thompson Basketball Tournament in December and the Spring Festival in April. The Auction Gala is for all the parents in the school and is organized by the APT.

Who do I call if I have questions about tuition or billing?

Feel free to call the Business Office, located in Macan Hall on the Lower School Campus. Their telephone number is 703-212-2730.

How can I reach my child during the day?

We will deliver important messages from parents to students during lunch period and during the afternoon Advisory period. Please call the office before 1:00 p.m. with after-school pick-up changes. If an item is brought in for your child, it should be left in the Middle School office (labeled with your child’s name) and your child should plan to check for it in the office.
  • Please put your child's name on or in everything with indelible ink, especially books and chapel blazers.
  • Please be sure your website profile has your current home and work phone numbers and email address.
  • The emergency contact person(s) listed as your child's Emergency Contact needs to be someone who can be contacted in an emergency and who would be able to pick up your child if necessary.  Emergency contacts are part of your child's website profile, which you can view in the online directory.
  • When presented with a permission slip, please save the informational portion of the form for future reference.
  • Please remember to read the Student/Parent Handbook and look for the Thursday Dispatch e-newsletter each week for current middle school news and updates.
  • Please call the Middle School office at 703-212-2742 if you have any additional questions. We are always happy to help.
Additional suggestions to make the year easier?
  • Make sure to order books and P.E. uniforms by August 1.
  • Put your child's name on or in everything with indelible ink, especially books and chapel blazers.
  • Please be sure the Middle School Office has your current home and work phone numbers. If your number changes, please let us know.
  • The emergency contact person listed on your child's Emergency Record Form needs to be someone who can be contacted in an emergency and who would be able to pick up your child if necessary.
  • When presented with a permission slip, please save the informational portion of the form for future reference.
  • Please remember to read the Student/Parent Handbook and look for the Messenger in The Dispatch newsletter each week for current news and updates.
  • Call the Middle School Office if you have any additional questions. We are always happy to help.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is an independent, college-preparatory, coed, day, Episcopal Church School that educates students in junior kindergarten through grade 12. The school consists of three, age-appropriate campuses (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) in Alexandria, Virginia. SSSAS welcomes families of all faiths. We offer challenging academics, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, and championship athletics. SSSAS is regarded as one of the top private schools in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

Lower School

Grades: JK-5
400 Fontaine Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Middle School

Grades: 6-8
4401 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Upper School

Grades: 9-12
1000 St. Stephen's Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304