St. Stephens Lutheran Academy

  • St. Stephen's Lutheran Academy is a licensed private academic K-12 school located on Glade Run's campus in Zelienople, Pennsylvania and in Utica, PA. St. Stephen's is the largest special education school in the region.
  • Public schools collaborate with St. Stephen's to provide placement for students who require more individualized attention to succeed academically and behaviorally.
  • These students have emotional and behavioral issues or autism and benefit from more intensive therapeutic programming.
  • St. Stephen's staff and the home school district personnel from over 50 home school districts communicate regularly regarding the student's progress.
  • Beyond the basics, St. Stephen's enriched curriculum promotes growth through such academic activities including outdoor education, sensory room, Sensory Playground, gross motor skills room, independent living skills apartment, transitional programming and an innovative on-campus animal, outdoor education, and an equine, animal and horticulture/agriculture program.
  • St. Stephen's also offers computers, art, physical education and music programs.
  • St. Stephen's offers Extended School Year (ESY) programming.  St. Stephen's offers transitional programming and summer independent living experiences for young adults.
  • St. Stephen's has an additional school campus located in Utica, PA.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAutism, ADHD, ADD, Behavioral health
Year Founded1989
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students298 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Average Class Size8 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesSt. Stephen's contracts primarily through the students' home district; however private pay options are available. Different education programs (special education, enhanced, living skills, tertiary, ESY, and autism) have a variance in tuition rates.
Acceptance Rate
100%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKelly Wheeler

Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Equestrian, Flag Football, Intramural Sports Only, Soccer, WeightliftingBasketballEquestrian,
Flag FootballIntramural Sports Only,
SoccerWeightlifting,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Student Council

School Notes

  • Educational offerings include regular, special, enhanced, living skills, tertiary, transitional, and autism education programs. A focus on individualization is achieved through the use of technology. Safety is attained through the use of the principles of Sanctuary and Posivite Schoolwide Behavioral Health Initiatives (PBIS).

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The average private school tuition in Pennsylvania is $8,004 for elementary schools and $16,439 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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