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St. Stephen's School

Address: Via Aventina 3, Rome, Italy
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Description St. Stephen's School

Location: Italy, Rome
Age of students: 14 - 19 years old
Programs: International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement
Number of students: about 270, 230 full-time, 40 at boarding house
Foundation year: 1964
Type of education: joint
Accomodation: residence
Price: from € 11000 per year with accommodation
Ranking: one of the most prestigious schools in Rome, 96% of its graduates take exams for IB on A * -B

St. Stephen's School in Rome is one of the few universal schools in the city. It provides an opportunity to stay at full board, attending day classes. The school has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. St. Stephen's School unites those wishing to receive a high-quality education. In the school students from more than 30 countries study. In the intercultural environment of the school everyone can find new friends.

Highly qualified teachers, specialists in various fields work with students. Curriculum is based on classical American educational traditions. At school, an extensive list of fundamental disciplines is offered. Emphasis is put on English, modern history, mathematics, experimental sciences, and art.

The school program is not limited to academic studies. Students' leisure is quite busy. Students can visit sports sections, mugs, get acquainted with numerous sights of Rome during thematic excursions.

Academic preparation

Classes are held in English. Students are offered two programs: traditional American (AR) and recognized by most universities of the world IB.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in St. Stephen's School

Program name
31.08.2019 -12.06.2020
from 13 000 € / term

9-10 class

The program provides the opportunity to select priority subjects from the recommended school list. Students study mathematics, computer science, art (painting, drawing, sculpture, dancing, modern and classical music), Latin, Roman culture, natural sciences, history, English as the main and foreign languages, modern languages ​​(French, Italian).

Since 16 years, students have been studying one of the selected pre-university programs.

31.08.2019 -12.06.2020
from 13 000 € / term

The two-year educational program provides for the study of 6 compulsory subjects. They are passed exams at the end of the course. Students study at least 2 languages, social sciences (culture, economics, history - to choose from), natural sciences, mathematics. Also included in the course program are additional subjects. Academic direction students choose independently.

31.08.2019 -12.06.2020
from 13 000 € / term

The special program allows you to effectively prepare for admission to American universities and for further training at the bachelor's degree. In the framework of the AR students study English and literature, French, history (Europe, USA), art history.

16.06.2019 -29.06.2019
from 3 000 € / 2 week

Dates: from June 19 to July 2.

Age of students: 13-18 years.

This combined course provides an opportunity to harmoniously combine academic education with interesting creative faculties, to reveal their talents and abilities, special potential. Each student chooses for himself the main course, a foreign language (for example, Latin or Italian) and an optional elective.

Learning in the eternal city of Rome opens up to the students the widest opportunities for exciting leisure, walks and excursions - in your spare time you can see monuments of art or architecture, visit a museum or a gallery, an ancient palace or a villa. Also arranged and travel to other cities in Italy - for example, the legendary Pompeii. In the evenings, various recreational and recreational activities are organized for students: it can be a visit to the theater or opera, a visit to the cedar (Italian cafe with ice cream production), a walk through the evening, gently lit streets.

Students are engaged in the chosen kind of creativity and art, sometimes creating real masterpieces. All the works can be shown at the end of the training to teachers, organizers and classmates. Available directions of study:

  • The art of being a writer (Creative Writing)

Inspired by the views of Rome, together with the teacher you can stop the moment on the book pages, learn to keep a secret and gradually reveal it to the reader. In addition, reading of other literary sources and even illustrations are organized (for stories, urban legends and stories are often taken). The work is carried out both independently and in small groups: students will be free to express their point of view, defend it in a dialogue with like-minded people, together look for the best option and solution. At the end of the course, students will present their stories together with illustrations for teachers and parents.

  • Italian spoken language

An excellent option for those who want to fully enjoy the beauty and multicolored Italian language, to understand all its features and subtleties, to feel its phonetic perfection. Students will learn the language in its practical application and develop, consolidate skills during walks around Rome. During class lessons all major language aspects are studied, various thematic projects are carried out, musical and interactive games are used. There are also thematic classes that will help to better understand the history and culture of Rome and Italy in general.

  • Latin language

The grammar and vocabulary of the great classical language, which has become the basis for many modern dialects, is studied. Italian, Spanish, French, English - all these languages ​​will be understood and learn more easily and fully when the student has the necessary minimum knowledge of Latin. Classes are devoted to the consideration of grammatical features, word forms, lexical component, various thematic exercises and assignments are provided. This course will help to better understand the history of the Western world, its culture and mythology, the roots of many modern languages.

  • Roman art and architecture: from Renaissance to Baroque

Where else to study the features of art and architecture of past centuries, how not in Rome - almost a museum in the open air? Much attention is paid to the work of Caravaggio, the Sistine Chapel and other assets of the Eternal City, represented in a huge variety and variety. As a result, you will much better understand and feel the history, imprinted in the guise of the most significant city of modern civilization.

  • Topography of Rome: how the city changed over the centuries

This course examines the history of Rome from the time of its creation, from the legend of Romulus and Remus, through the prism of the reign of Emperor Constantine and Christian culture. A lot of time is devoted to practical pursuits, walks and tours around the city, personal sightseeing and memorable places. Students learn not only the main historical milestones, but also the compositional features of materials, architectural tricks that were used in the construction of Rome. Many of the data are recognized from the works of ancient masters: Virgil, Tacitus, Livia, Vitruvius, Pliny the Younger and others. The general course of the Latin language is also being studied, helping in the perception of history in its entirety.

  • "Representing Rome": a creative workshop for artists

The successful territorial location of the school allows students to spend every spare moment examining historical, cultural and architectural sights. Students express their impressions in the form of sketches, sketches and sketches, then demonstrating them in the classroom and sharing their emotions with like-minded people, discussing walks and gained knowledge and experience. It is possible to work with any convenient materials: pencil, charcoal, tempera or ink. During classroom sessions and discussions, language and communication skills improve, and artistic exercises help develop personal abilities and talents, and show their own individuality.

The cost of training with accommodation is 3000 euros.

Accommodation and food

The school offers accommodation in a comfortable residence. The campus is home for 40 foreign students. In the residence there are double rooms. Single accommodation can be arranged on an individual basis.

Rooms in the residence are furnished, quite spacious. Each has Internet access. In common use there is a laundry, a lounge, a kitchen.

The residence is guarded around the clock. To promptly solve the organizational and everyday issues that students face in the building, there are curators. 

Meals in the residence are organized according to the boarding principle. The cafeteria serves mainly Italian dishes.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: Ancient Roman culture, art, Arts & Humanities, Black-and-white photography, classical Greek and Roman Studies, computer science, drawing lessons, Drawing Rome, economics, English, French, history, History of art, History of europe, Islamic history, Italian Conversation, Italian language, Latin in Rome, Latin language, maths, music, Natural science, painting, Renaissance/Baroque art in Rome, Roman Art & Architecture, Roman Topography, sculpture,  Creative writing,  Cultural studies
Events list: dancing


  • St. Stephen's School is a highly ranked school with high academic achievements of students. Its graduates enter leading universities in Italy and the world.
  • Freedom from beliefs. In a non-denominational educational institution, the themes of religion are not addressed, in curricula there are no theological subjects. This distinguishes the school from other Roman schools.
  • The school is the first in Italy to introduce the International Baccalaureate program. More than 30 years of experience in teaching students determines high final results of its graduates.
  • Not only classical academic studying. Particular attention is paid to the development of social skills: ability to communicate and make friends, work in a team. Also, in school such qualities of students as responsibility, leadership, independence are brought up.
  • The school attracts foreign students with convenient location. Education in the school provides complete immersion in the classical Roman cultural environment.

Equipment St. Stephen's School

School infrastructure is represented by classrooms with interactive whiteboards, a library, a computer classroom, scientific laboratories, a multimedia hall, a concert hall with excellent acoustics, art studios, sculpture, ceramics, Italian dance. Sports infrastructure includes a gym, volleyball, basketball courts, a tennis court. The school also leases halls and fields in several major sports centers in Rome.

Term dates and fees

Studying period: September - June.

Additional fees:

  • a contribution to the development of the school 1000 euro for new students (500 euro for returning students)
  • deposit about 1000 euros

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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St. Stephen's School reviews


Loved the summer course! The most beautiful Italian language - I always dreamed of learning - a lot of interesting excursions (mainly architecture inspections + shopping), games in the camp, I liked it very much! There were relatively few children, surprisingly many students came from the Baltic states (if anything, they knew Russian, but we tried sooooo hard to speak Italian among ourselves :))). Rome is an amazing city, even better than I imagined, really want to come back again!

Panteleeva Marina, 41 years old

Daughters attend the private school of St.Stephen's School, Rome.

Our father is a businessman, and his work is closely related to the Italians. He has always admired this country: the climate, people and even cuisine. And we decided to start studying in Italy. 

On the advice of SMAPSE consultants, they studied in St.Stephen's School. Attracted by its universal methods of teaching, high rating, a guarantee of admission to universities in Europe and the world. The girls studied for a year, living in a double room, with comfortable furniture, a modern computer and Internet access.

The big plus is that there is a round-the-clock guard. Anya and Lena spoke almost freely in English (besides the practice of Italian), the eldest chose the International Baccalaureate program. We became friends with girls from Latvia and France. In the school there are unlimited opportunities for learning and rest!


Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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