School Contact Information

  • Tel: 39-06-575-0605

  • E-mail: ststephens@sssrome.it | Website: www.sssrome.it

  • This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. For more information, contact A/OPR/OS (overseasschools@state.gov / 202-261-8200) or the school directly.

St. Stephen’s School is an independent, nondenominational, coeducational day and boarding school which offers an educational program from grade 9 through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. A post-graduate year (grade 13) is also available. The school opened in 1964. The school year comprises 2 semesters which extend from late August to mid-June.

Organization: The school is governed by a Board of Trustees, which meets in both Rome and New York. The Rome-based trustees partner with the head of school in managing day-to-day operations. The executive committee of the board handles significant matters that need urgent attention. The school is recognized under Italian law and is also incorporated in the State of Connecticut as a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S./international, college-preparatory, independent school. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The language of instruction is English. French and Italian are taught as mother tongue languages.  Spanish and Arabic are taught as second language courses. Course offerings include English language and literature, mathematics (algebra through calculus), biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, computer studies, classics, Latin, history of art, Baroque and modern art in Rome, modern European history, contemporary history, Medieval and Renaissance history, economics, robotics, Core (PE, Health, IT, Critical Thinking & Study Skills), visual arts, music perception, creative writing, painting and drawing, sculpture, chorus, instrumental music, drama, photography (black and white and digital), contemporary dance, and chorus. The school is a testing site for the IB, AP, SSAT, and PSAT. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 32 full-time and 23 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 300 (grades 9-13).

Facilities: Situated in the archaeological center of Rome, the 2 1/2-acre site includes 1 building that contains 25 dormitory rooms; 6 resident faculty facilities; 15 classrooms; digital classroom; 2 art studios; 4 science laboratories; library; media center; dining room; kitchen; laundry; theater/assembly hall; snack bar/lounge; a computer room and portable computer laboratory; dark room; music room; infirmary; university resource center; art center/cultural center; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; courtyard; and terrace.  In summer 2019, an outdoor classroom was constructed on school grounds.

Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, the school’s income derives from tuition and gifts. Annual tuition for day students in grades 9-13 is $27,642. Boarding students in grades 9-13 pay an additional boarding fee of $15,335. Other fees include a lunch fee for day students of $1,528; a capital assessment fee of $1,099 for new students and $550 for returning students; an application/enrollment fee of $165; and a refundable boarding damage deposit of $110.These fees are payable in euros or the equivalent amount of U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.

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