St. Stephen`s Episcopal School, Houston, is a private school located in the Montrose area near the Museum District and Rice University.
We serve students from 15 months old through 8th grade.
We are a progressive Episcopal school, rooted in our values, accepting families of all faiths, backgrounds, and lifestyles.
St. Stephen`s offers Kindergarten through 8th-grade students individualized work plans featuring hands-on, project-based learning founded on Montessori pedagogy and STEM in our makerspace the da Vinci Lab for Creative Arts & Sciences.
Our core curriculum is enriched with vibrant classes in robotics, da Vinci Classroom, film, fine arts, music, P.E., and Spanish.
The Bulldog 360 program features an array of curated and age-appropriate courses after the school day.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 160 students
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
1971
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
160 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
41 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Oct. 1
Tuition Notes
Tuition and fees are provided on our webpage -- www.ssesh.org
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer camp fees are provided on our webpage -- www.ssesh.org
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$5,000
Admissions Director
Sara Taylor

Sports

Total Sports Offered
7 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Bilingual Cooking, da Vinci Lab (makerspace), Model UN, Science Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Class, Chapel Choir, Creative Dance, Film Club, Musical Theatre Workshop, Photography Class, Private Piano lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Karate, Soccer

School Notes

  • For a detailed curriculum overview, visit: https://ssesh.org/curriculum-2/
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston offer a summer program?

Yes, St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston offer?

St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston offers 7 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Indoor Soccer, Martial Arts and Soccer.

When is the application deadline for St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston?

The application deadline for St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston is Oct. 1.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
St. Stephen's has been one of the best decisions my family has made. We started our daughter in their orientation program during COVID. I researched and visited almost all of the private schools in Houston. However, when I went to St. Stephen's I knew it was the right place for us. It is one of the most diverse private schools in the area. We have also found that the diversity and differences of all the students are celebrated. The teachers and entire school staff get to know your child and are invested in each child reaching their potential. Our daughter is currently in primary where she has had the same teacher for three years and is in a mixed-age class from 3-5 years old. Having the same teacher during these formative years has been essential and has allowed her teacher to partner with us in our daughter's growth. Our daughter has flourished and is excelling in all areas. In addition to academics, the school has a strong foundation in God. The children attend chapel and have an applicable understanding of Christ.
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5  
St. Stephens has been wonderful for our daughter in the first 2 years. We were referred to SSESH during the pandemic and after a visit, my wife decided to make the while I was on the fence. After two years my daughter is thriving in the school and it's clear that now that St. Stephens was the right move.RE: COVID. The administration handled the pandemic mess brilliantly with just the right amount of communication and practical steps to keep the children and family safe and in school which was a challenge for the previous school.RE: Education. The Montessori program makes everything a learning experience and allows the children to grow at their own pace. This is working well for my daughter so far. I love when I see my daughter teaching us at home what she is learning. Beyond the schooling, the St. Stephen's community is very diverse and encourages my daughter to be herself in every aspect from how she wears her hair to how she dresses. Lastly, the community is very close and caring and this transfers to the children loving and caring for themselves and others. St. Stephens is home for us and we do not plan to go anywhere for a while.
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5  
St. Stephens has been wonderful for our daughter in the first 2 years. We were referred to SSESH during the pandemic and after a visit, my wife decided to make the while I was on the fence. After two years my daughter is thriving in the school and it's clear that now that St. Stephens was the right move.RE: COVID. The administration handled the pandemic mess brilliantly with just the right amount of communication and practical steps to keep the children and family safe and in school which was a challenge for the previous school.RE: Education. The Montessori program makes everything a learning experience and allows the children to grow at their own pace. This is working well for my daughter so far. I love when I see my daughter teaching us at home what she is learning. Beyond the schooling, the St. Stephen's community is very diverse and encourages my daughter to be herself in every aspect from how she wears her hair to how she dresses. Lastly, the community is very close and caring and this transfers to the children loving and caring for themselves and others. St. Stephens is home for us and we do not plan to go anywhere for a while.
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5  
We are so happy at St. Stephen's Episcopal School. We moved to SSESH because our third grade daughter was constantly stressed by homework and exams at her previous school. The Montessori philosophy is perfect for her, and most children, I believe. She loves learning again and is flourishing. The amount of homework for my now 5th grader is less than 20 minutes per night and she usually gets it done during one of their built in free work periods. She has art, music, and Spanish twice a week and drama and Da Vince lab once a week. The Fine Arts Program at SSESH is outstanding and is helping both of my children blossom into happier and more creative and confident individuals. I love that in Montessori kids can work at their own pace and move about the classroom. There are many students that can work well above their grade level. The teachers at SSESH are the best we have ever had. They are so caring and engaged and my kids absolutely adore them. My kids already know the teachers in the advanced grade levels and this creates excitement for the future. Finally, my favorite aspect of the school is its culture. The school is "wildly creative, compassionate, and accepting." Not only are my children getting a fantastic education here, they are also becoming amazing human beings!
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5  
I am so happy that we found St. Stephen's. Every day my children (1st grade and pre-k) come home excited about what they learned at school. The academics are superb. The students are taught broad concepts and problem solving rather than memorizing facts for a test. The lower school provides an excellent Montessori program that has allowed my children to thrive. We are very excited for the new International Middle Years Curriculum and the IB program in the High School. St. Stephen's is truly diverse and very international. Each child is proud of what makes him or her unique and interested in the differences in each other. The community is warm and open. In addition to excellent academics, St. Stephen's is committed to a vibrant fine arts, music and drama program.
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5  
We could not be happier with St. Stephens. My son is in Primary and has been attending St. Stephens for a year. I am amazed everyday by the amount he has learned in such a short time. He has grown academically and socially. I love the diversity and the culture of the school. The parents and teachers are very down to earth in nature. I am also very impressed by the Spanish, PE, and Music curriculum as well. My son has already participated in a play and a musical program. We highly recommend St. Stephens for those considering Montessori.
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 160 students
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Houston, TX is $14,203 for elementary schools and $17,557 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Houston, TX is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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