Boarding at St. Stephen's School

What makes boarding at St. Stephen’s unique?

St. Stephen's offers boarders one of the most unique and truly jaw dropping high school experiences. The amazing faculty and community, the trips, the school functions, the incredible academics, the fun weekends, and the sheer fact of being in the center of Rome are combined to create something completely original and memorable for all the boarders here. It is simply an experience that I do not have the vocabulary, nor the time to describe. You simply can’t find it anywhere else.

What’s the best thing about being a boarder?

Being in boarding there is a lot of support available if you are looking for advice and need someone to talk to. All of the faculty and prefects are always happy to help with any problem or just listen. Also, there are counselors available on Tuesdays and Thursdays and someone is available at the school during the school days.  The other great thing about being a boarder is that you live right on the same floors as some of your classes and can get to them in no time at all and easily return to your room between classes. The dorms are separated from the classroom halls by security doors that can only be accessed by key cards given to all the boarders, so you don’t have to be worried about you privacy or day students passing by your room.  Your roommate is someone that you could either spend the most time with or maybe someone you just see at night. Most boarders have a roommate unless they are seniors. My roommate, Matteo and I are the closest of friends and we hang out on the weekends and after school as well.

Is there an average day in boarding?

At St. Stephen's there is no average normal day for boarders. Every day is a new adventure that brings its own challenges and rewards. We are treated as young adults and are responsible for getting on class on time and by ourselves.

What are your mornings like?

Normally on weekday mornings, boarders wake up any time between 7:00 and 8:20. If you just want to roll out of bed and go to class you could get up at 8:29. Breakfast is available in the morning from around 7:45 until 8:30 in the cafeteria where they have a variety of cereals, bread to make toast, cornetti, or eggs and bacon.

What does a typical day at school look like?

A typical school day can be anywhere from four to seven classes depending on the day and classes here are just like any place else - both hard and easy. If you are doing the IB, it does become a lot of work, but you can get through it if you manage your time wisely. Every day there is a break for either twenty or thirty minutes after 10:00am. Most people either go to the bar on campus to buy a coffee or a snack, but also during this time clubs meet and you are free to get some extra studying done in the library. On Monday and Friday during this break there is a “morning meeting” where the whole school meets in the auditorium, and announcements or presentations are made. Lunch every day is for 35 minutes in the cafeteria at 12 or 12:30pm.


After school ends boarders are obliged to sign out if they want to leave campus and must sign in again at 7:00pm when they have to check in with the teacher on duty and go to study hall. During this time though I usually do some chores like go get money out of the bank, go to the grocery store, get a haircut, go to the gym, or just hang out with friends.  Dinner runs from 6:15-7pm and boarders are free to pop in and get whatever they’d like to eat and then leave. 

What happens in the evenings?

After dinner, everyone is required to study from 7 to 9pm. Upper classmen, 11th and 12th graders are allowed to be in their rooms, but lower classmen, 9th and 10th graders must be in the library during study hall.


From 10 to 11pm boarding faculty come around to the rooms to make sure everyone is OK and that they will get to bed at a reasonable hour. After 10:30pm boarders aren’t allowed to be in other boarder’s rooms.

Do things wind down on the weekends?

On weekends, or long breaks boarders are allowed to sign out to a day student’s house if permission is given by your parents and the day student’s parents. But if you don’t sign out, there is still plenty to do during the weekends. You are allowed to leave campus after school on Friday and on Saturday until midnight, for upper classmen and 11pm for lower classmen. You are free to leave and come back to campus as much as you like as long as you sign out and come back by your curfew. Also, on weekends there are always fun trips planned and about once a month a boarding trip is organized to an interesting local near Rome or someplace in Italy, either for the day or for a couple of days.

What does a boarding prefect do?

I am a boarding prefect and I am involved in a number of activities, including the environmental club and a club that raises money for an orphanage in Kenya. I also started and independent digital photography class, joined a local swim team and local gym outside of school. Occasionally, I play soccer with the other boarders at night.

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