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IB and American
Ages 14 to 18

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CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 14 to 18
Boarding available
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 13 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €28,960
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Address: Via Aventina 3, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Italian & USA

Ratio of local students to international students

250 day students from 57 nationalities, 58 boarding students

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

One support class in English for grade 9.

Additional language classes offered by the school

As part of the curriculum we offer: Italian, French, Spanish, Latin, Classical Greek and Arabic. There are private tutorials in German, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, in the Sciences

Use of technology in the classroom

Yes, we use Google Classroom and/or Google Sites.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available

SAT, IB Diploma exams

Results in these examinations

IB average 36

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depending on the grade level. Grade 11 and 12 IB students may have up to 3 or 4 hours per night.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. Special Learning Specialist works with students, ESL, an advisory program for all students with a faculty advisor and bi-weekly meetings

Learning support offered

There is an advisory program for all students with a faculty member meeting bi-weekly.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We are an IB school, so a high academic level is required

Student access to education psychologist

We have two therapists on campus.

Entry evaluation for students

Entry exams, interviews

Brief description of entry evaluation required

St. Stephen's uses The International Diagnostics and Admissions Test (IDAT) for the admissions process. It involves the subjects of English, Mathematics, Global Knowledge, and Character. The IDAT is unique in its diagnostic function which will give us a genuine view of knowledge, skills, and aptitudes so that we can support students on their learning journey. The IDAT is composed of multiple-choice questions and writing tasks that allow students to show their critical thinking. The interview is not conducted by IDAT, but internally by our school's faculty after the test is completed, in-school or online.

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Rolling admissions for boarding, January 14 for day students.

Students can join after academic year begins

Semester-only students are admitted

School start time

8:25 am

School finish time

3:45 MWF, 2:05 T and TH, follwoed by arts courses and sports on specific days

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available

No, we are in the city center of Rome

School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, there are always vegan options

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Extracurricular activities and clubs include but are not limited to:
Chess Club, Cooking Club, Debate Club, DEI Club, Down Syndrome Theater, Embrace, Gardening Club, GEO Club, InK literary magazine, Investing Club, Math Competitions & History Bee, MUN, Park & Beach Cleanups, Peer Tutoring, People for Paws, Robotics Club, Sant Edigio School of Peace, Science Club, Service trips, Soup Kitchen, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Students United for Nature (SUN), TEDx Club, Yearbook Club

Sports activities included

PE weekly for grades 9 & 10, volleyball, soccer, and basketball teams plus running, pilates, tennis, and yoga are offered.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, students participate in regional, national, and international tournaments and are part of the soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams- both girls and boys teams.

Facilities at the school

Other facilities include a library, Ilab, outdoor classroom, all-purpose theater, music room, music practice room, recording room, four science labs, two art studios, IB dedicated art studio, digital photography classroom, dark room, film/videography lab, outdoor courts, outdoor classroom, and a terrace.

Sports facilities at the school

The soccer pitch, tennis court, volleyball/basketball court

Grades/ages available for boarding


Boarding facilities at the school

We promote personal and academic excellence, fully supporting students as they seek their individual best and develop independence in all facets of their lives. Students mature through daily choices and decisions, and through a collaborative effort involving students, faculty, and parents, we sustain a healthy, supportive community that values each individual during his or her transformative time here. We cultivate relationships based on warmth, mutual respect, and genuine concern, essential qualities for living together harmoniously in a small community. The culturally rich and vibrant setting of Rome affords us endless opportunities for exploration and discovery and figures prominently in the lives of St. Stephen's students.

Boarding students eat three meals a day in the cafeteria - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Community Nights happen every Thursday and all boarders get together to talk about upcoming events. During the weekends, the Activities Coordinator organizes a multitude of options that students can choose from - cooking classes, weekend trips to nearby cities, museum visits, cultural experiences/celebrations, or group outings.

The Boarding Faculty is comprised of 10 teachers and staff, with the majority of them living on campus with the students. The Boarding Head oversees community life and liaises with parents about everyday events and activities, as well as more specific issues pertaining to the health and well-being of the boarders. Faculty advisors, or boarding residents, work with their advisees ‘in loco parentis’, as advocates and mentors. Faculty advisors monitor their advisees’ progress and communicate with parents about their child’s personal and academic welfare. Boarding residents help plan and supervise recreational activities and excursions, as well as regulate and enhance the quality of dorm life. Residential Assistants assist the Boarding Faculty in establishing a comfortable, positive, and safe atmosphere for all, and make the boarding environment – physical, social, and emotional - feel welcoming and personal.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Nestling at the foot of the Aventine, the most exclusive of Rome’s seven hills, and a stone’s throw from the city’s great imperial sites, our international non-denominational high school for Boarding and Day students has built its academic program and reputation on the classical heritage of our host country, Italy, and the rigor of two prestigious educational models: the American, independent college-preparatory curriculum, and the IB Diploma. A distinctive faculty of accomplished scholars bring the highest level of instruction to a diverse student cohort. Our emphasis on the School's core values of care, independence, scholarship, integrity, and creativity guides St. Stephen's students to become architects of their futures, and engaged, motivated, global citizens.

Teaching approach of the school

Our students come from all over the world to pursue their high school education in an atmosphere of scholarly endeavor, creative exploration, and multicultural exchange. Our motto articulates the dedication to academic excellence shared by students and faculty alike:

Mens (mind): the ability to think critically, creatively and scientifically, coupled with a good dose of natural curiosity;
Voluntas (will): the motivation to succeed and the potential to excel academically;
Gratia (influence): interpreted as personal and social integrity, cooperation and concern for others, and commitment to community, both local and global.

Teaching and learning are integral to the School’s mission, and its charge to develop the character and potential of each student.
As we maintain the highest standards in all areas, both in and out of the classroom, we use the past to inform our learning, we encourage a passion for thorough knowledge, and we provide challenging intellectual opportunities to offer an enriching scholastic experience. Students come to St. Stephen’s because they are high achievers looking to make their academic marks and distinguish themselves in their individual scholarly pursuits. The International Baccalaureate and liberal arts foundation at the core of the academic experience promotes learner autonomy, allowing students to assume full ownership of their educational choices. A 13:1 student-teacher ratio and an academic program uniquely tailored to the interests and strengths of each student create a learning environment that allows each student to achieve his or her personal best.

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