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I am grateful for students and employees who are passionate and committed to both protecting natural resources and looking out for people who are vulnerable to environmental degradation in their communities.
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School puts faith into action in its care of the home shared by all people — the Earth.

Protection of the Earth is vital to ensure that all people are able to live healthy and productive lives. The Episcopal Church has called upon us to care for our planet and safeguard communities vulnerable to climate change. As stewards of God’s creation, we aim to protect the resources entrusted to us so that they remain available to all people of the Earth through our Environmental Stewardship Program, which is firmly rooted in our school culture and strongly linked to faith.

Saints strive to reduce their impact on the planet in their daily lives as well as through their long-term goals. Since 2007 overall carbon emissions have been reduced by 40 percent across our campuses. In 2016 the Middle School was selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, a national environmental award presented to schools. Additionally, the school was honored to receive the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award from the City of Alexandria.

How Our Community Embraces Environmental Stewardship

    • Learning Environmental Processes

      Teaching focuses on watershed, woodland, and habitat protection; resource conservation; and renewable and conventional energy in the classroom and in the field.

    • Reducing Energy Use

      The school currently monitors its energy use through an energy dashboard and annual audits, and is pursuing alternative energy sources for its buildings.

    • Respecting the regional landscape.

      Planting native trees, vegetables, and pollinator plants provides a diverse range of species on our campuses and cleans stormwater runoff. Students grow food for local food banks and regularly clear litter from three waterways in Alexandria City.

    • Smarter Transportation Patterns

      Carpooling and use of free campus shuttles reduces emissions. We also have a no idling policy in carpool lines.

    • Connecting People and Place

      Students learn about national and global communities and the underlying need for safe and clean natural resources for their ability to thrive.

    • Cutting Down on Waste

      Composting, recycling, and reusing reduces solid waste. Saints compost nearly 30,000 pounds of food waste annually.

All-School Initiatives

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  • Energy Dashboard

    An energy dashboard compares building electricity and gas consumption over time so that the community recognizes its energy reduction progress. Check out our campus dashboards:
    Lower School
    Middle School
    Upper School
  • Environmental Awareness Week

    The week focuses on individual and collective practices related to waste, energy, and transportation. Assemblies, activities, competitions, and plantings occur. Additionally, families participate in several at-home activities.
  • Waste Reduction

    Campus initiatives include composting in all dining halls and single-stream recycling as well as reuse initiatives.
  • Waterway Adoptions

    To assist in regional watershed protection goals, community volunteers clean three streams in the City of Alexandria on a seasonal basis. The Middle and Upper Schools also adopted roadways to prevent contaminating adjacent streams.

Middle School Initiatives

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  • Eco-Squad

    This club engages students in understanding of the choices made by each individual and students serve as peer educators.
  • Greenhouse

    Science classes grow seedlings for campus gardens and study botany and horticulture. Vegetable, flower, and herb seedlings are then planted In our campus gardens that grow food for area food banks.

Lower School Initiatives

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  • Beehives 

    Three beehives find their home at a quiet corner of the Lower School campus.
  • Creation Trail

    Our Creation Trail connects natural features on campus in a prayerful journey and is accessible via a system of QR codes.
  • Kinder Garden, Vegetable, and Pollinator Garden

    The gardens tended by Lower School students attract pollinators and feature plants native to the Potomac valley.
  • Outdoor Classroom

    Students discover and problem-solving using natural materials collected from the campus, including seating logs and bamboo posts.
  • Plants Map

    The Lower School is home to notable trees, shrubs and perennials. Please visit our plant map, to learn more.

Upper School Initiatives

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  • Environmental Club

    The environmental club promotes practices to reduce waste, encourage recycling, and to protect endangered species.
  • Green Leadership Council

    This leadership group guides students in best practices and thoughtful conversation about environmental protection in school and in the community.
  • Perkins Courtyard

    The organic garden and native plant gardens provide active and contemplative spaces for students. Vegetables are donated to a food bank.
  • Weather Station

    The Upper School WeatherBug weather station measures temperature, wind speed, precipitation, radar, and history.
Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia


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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 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