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Academics at St. Stephens Episcopal School

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Our School Day

Our day begins at 8:15 am for all classes.  Parents may drop off as early as 7:30 am.  Students will report to an area of the school by grade from 7:30 am – 8:00 am under the supervision of a teacher.  At 8:00 am all students report to their homeroom class.  A teacher is on duty outside of the school from 7:45 am – 8:15 am to help facilitate drop off of students.  Before 7:45 am you must either escort your child into the school or wait in the car to ensure your child enters the school safely.

Bus students begin their dismissal at 2:55 pm.  Students being picked up by car begin dismissal at 3:10 pm.  Parents should not arrive for car pickup until after 3:10 pm so that the buses are able to get out in time.  Students for car pickup will be called one by one as the parent or authorized person arrives.  Teachers will be present on Cranberry Street to help students into the car.  Any changes in dismissal should be sent in writing to the school office.  Verbal changes in dismissal by students are not accepted.

Lunch for Preschool and PreKindergarten begins at 11:30 am.  Kindergarten through 2nd Grade lunch also begins at 11:30 and ends at 11:55 am.  3rd through 5th grade lunch is from 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm.  Middle school lunch begins at 12:25 pm and ends are 12:45 pm.  Students must pack a lunch each day.

St. Stephen’s does not require a uniform, but guidelines for acceptable dress are outlined in the parent/student handbook which can be found online.

Tuition and payment plans, Registrations forms and the Application for Financial Aid are found under the Admissions tab on the home page of our website.

All classes participate in Chapel once a week and specials depending upon their grade level which may include Spanish, Music, Religion, Art, Computer, Gym and Swimming.

Extra activities funded by the Home and School Association have included movie nights, fundraisers and the scholastic book fair.  Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade also participate in an environmental education trip each year (see information here: Informational Brochure).  Other activities include music programs such as our annual Advent Program, Spring Program and School Play.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. Our school is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.

The School
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School was founded in 1978 as an outreach and mission of the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen. Forty percent of our students receive some financial assistance.

Vision Statement
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal School the Mission Statement is lived daily. Students learn its value by the examples set by adults. We encourage students to achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development. Students learn to respect and care for all members of the school community and recognize the contribution each makes. We present and support a faculty and staff who demonstrate a passion for learning and inspire students to be productive citizens and lifelong learner. We value the partnership which exists between the school, parents, the Cathedral and the wider community and acknowledge the part it plays in realizing our Vision.

Did You Know…
• Founded in 1978, we are the ONLY Preschool-8th
grade religious school in downtown Harrisburg,
making us an ideal choice for parents who live
and work in the capital city

• We offer full day Kindergarten

• We offer no-cost before-school care beginning at
7:30 am and we staff a “pay as you need it” after
school program until 5:30 pm

• The school is rooted in the Episcopal tradition of
tolerance and respect for all faiths — and while we
are an Episcopal school most of our students are
not. Students have religion class weekly and our
philosophy is that we don’t teach dogma — rather,
we teach the students that God loves them

• Classes are kept small so that each student receives
personal attention from teachers and staff — our
average class size is 12

• St. Stephen’s Episcopal School is a member of the National
Association of Episcopal Schools and is accredited by the Middle States Association
of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Elementary Schools

• Bus transportation is available to students
beginning in Kindergarten whose home district
is within 10 miles of St. Stephen’s and which provides
busing to its own Students

• Financial aid is available and we offer a substantial
multi-sibling discount

• Spanish is taught in all grades, as is our Environmental
Education program which offers courses both in and
out of the classroom, including overnight trips for the
older students to Pine Grove Furnace State Park, South
Mountain or Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

• Besides the core academic subjects, students are
given opportunities to explore music, art, physical
education, health, library resources, technology,
Junior Achievement…plus a variety of extracurricular

• It’s not just students who benefit from a private
education, you do as well. When students learn in a
values-based environment, they become better citizens,
strengthening our local community

• Our teachers are highly qualified and nurture students
by providing them the best academic experience possible