Steward School

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The Steward School
Steward ontop Sheild blue.jpg
11600 Gayton Road
Henrico, Virginia, 23233
 United States
Mascot Spartans

Coordinates: 37°36′44.5″N 77°37′21.3″W / 37.612361°N 77.622583°W / 37.612361; -77.622583 Founded in 1972, The Steward School is a private day school in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia. It serves boys and girls from Pre-K to Grade 12. Steward offers a college-preparatory curriculum designed to help students of varying abilities reach their educational goals. Small classes, individual attention, extracurricular opportunities, and an in-school tutoring program support students at all grade levels. Instruction is geared to a child's learning style. Students in all divisions are involved in athletics, fine arts, community service, outdoor trips, and interest clubs. Extended care, English as a Second Language, summer sessions, interdisciplinary projects, and innovative minimesters with internships are offered. An addition was recently added to the high school, which provided much needed classroom and meeting space.


The story began in 1972, when educational pioneer Helen Dixon founded The Steward School in a church basement in the west end of Richmond as a small, non-sectarian, co-educational alternative to the larger private schools in the area. The first class graduated a total of three students in 1977. During the ensuing 30 years, Steward has grown to a student body of more than 600 in grades JK through twelve.


The Steward School's mission is to prepare each child for college and for life. Their core character values are honor, responsibility, and achievement, balanced by caring and respect for one's self and for others. Steward is committed to small classes and small overall size, which allow for discovery and development of each student's unique talents and passions, while providing more opportunities for individual participation. The School believes in an environment with a diversity of talents, abilities, cultures and backgrounds provides the richest and most fully rounded educational experience.

At a Glance[edit]

Number of Students (As of 2011)

Class Size

JK-1: Target 15

2-5: Target 16

6-12: Target 17

Student/Faculty Ratio
8 to 1


Lower School: 8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Middle School: 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Upper School: 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

School Year (2011-2012)

August 29, 2011 - June 1, 2012

Interscholastic Athletics
Grades 6-12: 39 teams

Tuition 2011-2012

Junior Kindergarten (half-day): $8,500

Junior Kindergarten (full-day): $12,500

Grade K-5: $17,675

Grades 6-8: $18,715

Grades 9-12: $19,755

Accreditation: Steward is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).


Located in western Henrico County on 37 acres (150,000 m2), Steward has five academic buildings, an athletic center, three athletic fields, a baseball field, and nine tennis courts

Fine arts[edit]

With the Cramer Center being established, the school has now become one of the primary schools for fine arts in the theatre area. Theatre, Art, Choral Music and are JK through 12, which also branch out in Upper School into film and photography, both digital and film.



The Steward School is currently supporting thirty-seven teams which range from varsity, junior varsity, middle school, and boys and girls or co-ed teams. Steward School participates in: soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, lacrosse, cross country, golf, field hockey, and cheerleading. All of the teams compete in either the Virginia Commonwealth Conference or the League of Independent Schools.


The Athletic Center was completed in the summer of 2000. The new facility replaced the old gymnasium which was constructed in 1977. The Athletic Center is a 44,300 square feet (4,120 m2) facility with two gymnasium. One gymnasium is a multi-purpose gym and the other is a varsity court. The facility also has two class rooms, a weight room, a trainer's room, and seven locker rooms.

Steward School also has several outdoor facilities on campus. There are three athletic fields along with six tennis courts and a baseball stadium. Majority of the sports which Steward School participates in are played in the Athletic Center or on the outdoor facilities. The only sports which uses off campus facilities are the cross country teams, the golf team, and the swim/dive team.

Spartan Club[edit]

The Spartan Club is a group of committed parents, volunteers, staff, alumni, and students who believe in The Steward School's commitment to athletics, and the values and skills athletics develops. The group is dedicated to provide a quality athletic program to its students by raising funds to help meet extra athletic expenses. These extra expenses consist of transportation, video equipment for all sports, and replacing old equipment. Raised funds come from the Annual Golf Classic, stand sales, and the generous support of individuals, families, businesses, corporations, and civic organizations.


State championships[edit]

Varsity Girls' Field Hockey. Division II 2001

Varsity Boys' Basketball. Division III 2003, 2004

Conference Championships[edit]

Varsity Girls' Basketball. Regular Season Champions 2008

Varsity Girls' Cross Country. Champion Meets 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Varsity Girls' Field Hockey. Tournament Champions 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, Regular Season Champions 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007

Varsity Girls' Soccer. Tournament Champions 2004

Varsity Girls' Tennis. Tournament Champions 1999 through 2009, Regular Champions 1999 through 2009

Varsity Boys' Basketball. Tournament Champions 2003 through 2009, Season Champions 2002 through 2007

Varsity Boys' Cross Country. Champion Meet 2006

Varsity Boys' Soccer. Tournament Champions 2003, 2004, 2007, Season Champions 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007

Varsity Boys' Golf. Tournament Champions 2007, 2008, 2009

Varsity Boys' Tennis. Tournament Champions 2006, 2007, Season Champions 2006, 2007

Varsity Boys' Baseball. Tournament Champions 2008, 2009, 2010 Season Champions 2008, 2009, 2010

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