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St. Stephen's School Rome

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St. Stephen's School Rome
St. Stephen's School's logo
Via Aventina 3, 00153 Rome, Italy
TypeInternational School
Established1964; 60 years ago (1964)
Head of schoolJill Muti
GradesGrades 9-12; International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, American High School Diploma
Enrollment300 (Approx. 50 boarding students)
Color(s)Crimson and White   

St. Stephen's, (formerly St. Stephen's International School), is a boarding and day school in the heart of Rome, located on the Aventine Hill near the Circus Maximus, Forum, and Colosseum.[1] The school's motto is Mens Voluntas Gratia (lit.'Mind, Will, Grace').


St. Stephen's was founded in 1964 by Dr. John O. Patterson, the former Headmaster of the Kent School in Connecticut. Patterson and his team of educators selected Rome because of its rich history and proximity to some of the major moral, artistic, philosophical, and political antecedents of the Western world. Patterson intended for the school to be a haven where students from around the world could come to learn and grow together—a truly international setting. In 1975 it became the first school in Italy to adopt the International Baccalaureate.[2]

Student Body[edit]

Aventine Hill, hill upon which the school is perched.

There are about 250 international day students who live with their families in Rome. Many of them have parents who work for the United Nations and other international organizations. The school is home to about 50 students, who board on campus for 9 months of the year. The boarding students come from around the world, and spend holidays and summers away from the school. A small number of boarders come from the United States to complete either a semester or year abroad.[3]


In addition to the mandatory liberal arts curricula, the school offers additional courses in Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Latin.

University Matriculation[edit]

Among the most popular choices of St. Stephen's alumni are Columbia University, the University of Edinburgh, École Polytechnique, and the University of Cambridge.[4][5]


  1. ^ "St. Stephen's School · Via Aventina, 3, 00153 Roma RM, Italy". St. Stephen's School · Via Aventina, 3, 00153 Roma RM, Italy. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  2. ^ "St. Stephen's School, Rome". www.ourkids.net. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  3. ^ "St. Stephen's School Profile (2021) | Rome, Italy". Boarding School Review. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  4. ^ "St. Stephen's School Profile (2021) | Rome, Italy". Boarding School Review. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  5. ^ "School Profile 2021-2022".