St. Stephen's School Rome

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St. Stephen's International School is a co-educational, non-denominational, boarding and day school, enrolling students from ages 14-19 in grades 9-12 and or for a postgraduate year. It is located on the Via Aventina in Rome, Italy, near the Circus Maximus, Forum, and Colosseum.

The total number of students per year for all four grades is approximately 250, and the student to teacher ratio is 12:1. The school is home to about 40 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. There are about 210 international day students who live with their families in Rome. Many of them have parents who work for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) or other international organizations.

Founded in 1964 by Dr. John O. Patterson, former Headmaster of the Kent School in Connecticut, St. Stephen's provides a liberal arts education. The school is modeled on the American independent school tradition, and offers six major academic areas: English, foreign language, history, mathematics and computer studies, experimental science, and the arts.[citation needed]

Primary objectives are academic excellence, fellowship and cooperation among students and faculty, and the development of students as independent, responsible, and involved members of the larger world community. The curriculum prepares students for an American high school diploma, including a variety of Advanced Placement subjects, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) which allows students to enter universities worldwide.[citation needed]

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