Building Futures Since 1964

Eric Mayer, Head of School
Eric Mayer, Head of School

Nestling at the foot of the Aventine, the most exclusive of Rome’s seven hills, and a stone’s throw from the city’s great imperial sites, our international, non-profit, non-denominational high school for boarding and day students has built its academic program and reputation on the classical heritage of our host country, Italy, and the rigor of two prestigious educational models: the American, independent college-preparatory curriculum, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

At 300 students we are small, forty-seven boarders constitute our ‘nuclear’ family, the experiential dimension of our curriculum, which includes an extensive trip program, confers a ‘hands on’ feel to our academics and our location, in the heart of the Eternal City and at the crossroads of Europe, provides a rich cultural context in which to learn and grow. The faculty at St. Stephen’s are scholars, artists, writers and scientists who are passionate about their subjects and illuminate the minds and lives of the students they teach, each day and every year. Our students come from all over the world to pursue their high school education in an atmosphere of scholarly endeavor, creative exploration and multicultural exchange. The motto of the School’s founders in 1964 articulates the dedication to academic excellence shared by students and faculty alike:

  • Mens (mind): the ability to think critically, creatively and scientifically, coupled with a good dose of natural curiosity;
  • Voluntas (will): the motivation to succeed and the potential to excel academically;
  • Gratia (influence): interpreted as personal and social integrity, cooperation and concern for others and commitment to community, both local and global.

These principles underpin the five core values of care, scholarship, independence, integrity, and creativity that we embrace and practice as a community everyday.

We look forward to welcoming new students who wish to join us; we would love to hear from you again if you already belong to our global family. Meanwhile, from inside the walls of our cloistered campus, we invite you to tour our site, virtually, or in person, whenever you wish.

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What Our

Students Say

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A Connected Community, Driven by Our Core Values



  • we attend to the needs of others, especially those who are vulnerable and in need
  • we actively build a diverse and inclusive community

  • we work to sustain and improve the environment

  • we honor the needs for our own wellbeing


  • we study passionately
  • we pursue thorough knowledge through innovative approaches

  • we use the past to inform our learning


  • we value originality, improvisation, and invention
  • we encourage diverse forms of personal expression
  • we promote artistic expression for all community members


  • we uphold high standards of academic honesty
  • we help one another find our voice and the courage to act on it

  • we honor the truth, both in word and in deed


  • we prize learner autonomy
  • we allow room to challenge convention

  • we recognize that where there isn’t a path we must make one