St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Houston, TX

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Houston, TX
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Houston, TX

Coed Day School, Grades: 15 months – Grade 8 - Jerri King, Head of School, Springmont School, Atlanta, GA

School Profile

1800 Sul Ross St
Houston, TX 77098-2610
Co-ed Day school
267 students, Age 15 months – Grade 8
Head of School for July 1, 2018

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School-Houston is a creative community of lifelong learners grounded in progressive Christian values. Using Montessori and the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), the School offers a globally focused education for students 15 months old through the 8th grade, focusing on the whole child in body, mind, and spirit. St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Houston, TXThe School is committed to providing an educational experience that doesn’t follow a one-size-fits-all pattern. Administrators and teachers promote understanding and respect while instilling in their students a sense of responsibility for all aspects of our interconnected world.

Originally founded in 1971 as the Independent Montessori School at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, the School was invited to move to the St. Stephen’s Church facility in 1983; it became an Episcopal school in 1987, incorporated as St. Stephen’s Episcopal School-Houston. In 1993, the middle school became the first Montessori middle school in Houston, and the high school was formed in 1996. Over the years, St. Stephen’s has transformed from a strictly Montessori school (Pre-K through 6th grade) into a Montessori/IMYC/IB program for 15 months old through the 12th grade.

Recently, however, the St. Stephen’s Board of Trustees has decided—after many years of prayer, study, and reflection—to refocus the School’s mission on serving children 15 months old through the 8th grade. This change means that the high school—and thus the IB program—will close in June 2017, at the end of the current school year. Because the School is still growing, however, the plan will include opening new classes at the lower levels to address the high demand for the excellent education St. Stephen’s offers to preschool, elementary, and middle-school students.

The following core values shape all of the School’s actions: affirming individuality; questioning everything; building relationships; practicing service; emphasizing belief; and cherishing the future. As an Episcopal school, St. Stephen’s honors the rich variety found in the Houston community, including its increasingly diverse religious, cultural, and economic fabric. A distinguishing characteristic of St. Stephen’s is the effort to integrate religious and spiritual formation into the overall curriculum and the life of the school community.

Accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools and the American Montessori Society, St. Stephen’s fosters a complementary and progressive curriculum. One of only two Houston-area schools accredited by the American Montessori Society, St. Stephen’s is the first American school to adopt the International Middle Years Curriculum. As a Montessori school, St. Stephen’s nurtures the unique gifts and character of each student, in accordance with the curriculum first articulated by Maria Montessori. Students are encouraged to become independent learners in specially prepared classrooms that respect the individual and allow for freedom within limits at each level of cognitive development.

Our International Middle Years Curriculum builds on the Montessori principles that are the foundation of our lower school, but responds specifically to the needs of 11-to-14-year-olds. IMYC encourages learning that helps middle- school students make connections relevant to their own lives. The hallmark of IMYC is the step-by-step integration of a “Big Idea” into a core curriculum that creates an interdisciplinary learning experience for students. It involves active, skills-based learning, promotes self-reflection, and gives students the opportunity to make sense of their learning.

At a time when fine arts programs are dying, St. Stephen’s exceptional arts program is thriving. The arts and sciences are valued equally in both the curricula and the after-school programs. Musical theatre productions such as Godspell and Into the Woods give students the opportunity to become intimately involved in all aspects of theatre production. The school’s Da Vinci Lab of Creative Arts and Sciences gives upper-elementary and middle students a chance to develop their multi-faceted talents and creativity in one of the few maker spaces in Houston.

Strong partnerships with the University of St. Thomas Doherty Library, the Houston Center for Photography, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Human Rights Campaign give St. Stephen’s students broad exposure to what the City of Houston and the urban Montrose neighborhood have to offer. Both the student population and the faculty reflect the diversity of this vibrant and cosmopolitan city.

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials by July 15, 2017:

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Ned Becker or Evan Peterson for this document)
  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee expressing why you are interested
  • Resume
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • List of at least 5 references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Address all inquiries or expressions of interest to:

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