The Academic Experience

A Community of

Globally-Minded, Lifelong Learners

Teaching and learning are integral to the School’s mission, and its charge to develop the character and potential of each student.

As we maintain the highest standards in all areas, both in and out of the classroom, we use the past to inform our learning, we encourage a passion for thorough knowledge, and we provide challenging intellectual opportunities to offer an enriching scholastic experience.

Students come to St. Stephen’s because they are high achievers looking to make their academic mark and distinguish themselves in their individual scholarly pursuits.

The International Baccalaureate and liberal arts foundation at the core of the academic experience promote learner autonomy, allowing students to assume full ownership for their educational choices. A 13:1 student-teacher ratio and an academic program uniquely tailored to the interests and strengths of each student create a learning environment that allows each student to achieve his or her personal best.


St. Stephen's

Academic Integrity Policy

The St. Stephen’s School community, through its commitment to good practice in teaching, learning and assessment, views academic integrity as essential to academic achievement and personal growth. The principles of academic integrity pave the way for independent and responsible intellectual inquiry as well as self-exploration. Academic integrity is directly linked to our core values integrity, independence and scholarship.


Community Learning Expectation
Students come to St. Stephen’s School from a variety of backgrounds with different understandings of and training in academic values. It is the responsibility of the school to promote academic integrity and to ensure students understand, embrace and follow its principles. A St. Stephen’s School graduate is a student who values and practices Academic Integrity and is thus prepared for success at higher education.


Definition of Academic Integrity
Academic integrity at St. Stephen’s means that community members:

  • produce their own work for submission in any form
  • understand the importance of authorship and authenticity in their research
  • properly reference the intellectual and creative property of others
  • conduct themselves according to the rules of examination
  • undertake their part of group work appropriately


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The Academic Year

The academic challenges and rigor of St. Stephen’s produce an environment that students find highly stimulating and rewarding. With an emphasis on the best elements of American and European education traditions, we are the only school in the center of Rome to offer both the International Baccalaureate and the American high school diploma.

  • The thirty-nine-week school year is divided into two semesters with examinations at mid-term and at the end of the year.
  • All courses meet three times per week (1x45’ plus 2x90’ periods) and classes enroll 10 to 18 students, permitting individual attention a personalized teacher-student interaction.
  • Tutorials in specific subject areas and/or study skills are available upon request, and English as a Second Language support is provided for those students who need it.