St. Stephens Lutheran Academy Photo #3 - St. Stephen's Students Participate in Maple Sugaring STEM Project
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 computer education, 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.
Quick Stats (2023)
- Top Ranked PA School
- School Type: Special Education School
- Grades: Kindergarten-12
- Enrollment: 298 students
- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Average class size: 8 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
- Source: Verified school update
St. Stephens Lutheran Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Autism, ADHD, ADD, Behavioral health
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Academics and Faculty
Average Class Size
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
St. 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.
National avg.: 85%
Total Sports Offered
Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
Club or Organization:
- Educational offerings include emotional support and enhanced education, life skills education, 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).
Source: Verified school update
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the acceptance rate of St. Stephens Lutheran Academy?
The acceptance rate of St. Stephens Lutheran Academy is 100%, which is higher than the national average of 86%.
Does St. Stephens Lutheran Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, St. Stephens Lutheran Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does St. Stephens Lutheran Academy offer?
St. Stephens Lutheran Academy offers 6 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Equestrian, Flag Football, Intramural Sports Only, Soccer and Weightlifting.
What is St. Stephens Lutheran Academy's ranking?
St. Stephens Lutheran Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for: Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for St. Stephens Lutheran Academy?
The application deadline for St. Stephens Lutheran Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
Endorse St. Stephens Lutheran Academy. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:
- Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
- Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
- Academic or athletic awards
The Value of Robotics Programs
The STEM subjects are now taught across curricula and integrated into the teaching of every subject at every grade level. More about STEM here.
Vouchers Update: Florida
Voucher programs are proliferating nationwide. We look at the voucher program available in Florida.
I've selected some general purpose and some robotics podcasts to enrich your classroom teaching. With over 2 million podcasts available, be careful to review any podcasts you want to use at home or school.