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About This School

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is a private high school in Alexandria. The principal of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is Joan Holden and can be contacted at info@sssas.org. 1,144 students go to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is 8:1. Alexandria Friends School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 76%
Hispanic 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My child has attended SSSAS since Jr. Kindergarten and has enjoyed school and grown each year. SSSAS focuses not only on academics but also development of the individual. The school community is like a family and promotes lifelong relationships.

  • (9 months ago)

    I am in going into my 8th grade year at sssas. I came in 6th grade and parents teachers and students were great. Many people are saying that sssas are having problems with student groups drugs and the "hooking up" culture but open your eyes there will be all of these problems if not worse at any other public/private school. Others say the tuition is to high but what we are learning the price is worth it. I went to a public school for six years and the biggest overall difference between the schools is that at sssas you are set up for success where at public school your are on your own

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers work really hard and the school itself REALLY runs well. The problem we have with it is that the drug alcohol and hook up culture dominates the school. There is bullying but cleverly done so as to not be obvious. Diversity is there but there is a polite cold shoulder. If parents think their child will be sheltered from all this at SSSAS that is a fool hardy idea. The more likely scenario is that the student can either be drawn into the a fore mentioned culture or be sidelined for not participating in it. There is a huge amount of pressure on students to "have it all" imposed by the parent and student culture???? not so much by the school. Even so SSSAS is a great choice for no doubt but how can the faculty win if parents don't teach their kids good values or feel hopeless in the face of the culture (and the Priests are afraid to teach it)? I would give the school a '5' but because of the issues I mentioned I would rate different parts of the school in different ways some very high and some low.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our kids got half their schooling at SS/SA and half in Fairfax County; the public school half was much better. SS/SA is an ideal school for very social B level students especially those with athletic talent. It is also ideal for parents who want an very nice looking school (the physical and especially sports facilities are quite impressive) who want (and are able) to be part of the Alexandria social scene who want a school environment shielded from the real world and who can give the school money. It is not a good school for individualistic kids very bright or artistically talented students or those with little athletic talent. The reports of cliques (among students and parents) are true as are those of favoritism for the kids of big donors prominent alumni and important Alexandrians. There are some very fine teachers here and there in the school. The math and science curriculum does not match the better public schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a graduate of SS/SA in the late1970's and as a person who for 12 years worked for the Census (Dept of Commerce) and traveled to over 26 counties in Northern part of Va and visited countless private and public schools in my job I must say I did not visit very many schools as good as SS/SA. There were some excellent schools but I think SS/SA was as good as any of them. People rant and rave about some schools and do not show the respect SS/SA really deserves. While a student there I did have some excellent teachers and though all are gone SS/SA has added some excellent teachers over the years. I know prices have gone up over the years but there are VERY few public or even private schools for that matter that match SS/SA.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a recent college graduate who attended St. Stephen's St. Agnes for nine years. During my time there I became part of the community and recieved an incredible education two of my most vaulable assets to date. My educational advantage was readily apparent in college where I was able to transition smoothly and remain on top of my studies. In addition I established a group of lifelong friends that I still see all the time. Though my friends came from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds SSSAS brought them together nonetheless. My college friends often note that they have never seen a high school group so close. SSSAS was one of the best experiences of my life and I cannot think of a better place for a student to spend his formative years.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am about to enter my senior year at SSSAS and would not want to be anywhere else. I came in 7th grade from living overseas all my life a hard thing to do. The students were open and welcoming so I made friends quickly. I came from a school with 66 different nationalities so I was happy to see the student body was diverse. The teachers are caring and always there to help during and after class. I've tried new things at SSSAS working on the lighting crew for a play and taking a ceramics class. If you are into sports and working out there is every opportunity to play on a team or use the fitness room and the trainer is fantastic. SSSAS is home to me so it's hard to imagine leaving in a year. At the same time I know I will be ready for college.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from SSSAS in 2008. As a college student I can honestly say that St. Stephen s & St. Agnes prepares its students well for going off into the real world. The college counseling office was very helpful in gauging what was the best college for me. Academics are top rate with an especially strong English department. As an English major I feel that the school prepared me well for any college-level English program. Many of the other grads that I ve talked to also say the adjustment to college academic life has been easy because of the academic rigors we became accustomed to at SSSAS. Between all our classes we write about 100 essays during Upper School which gives students the opportunity to radically improve their writing. Before attending SSSAS I was at a small-sized middle school where the administration couldn t even remember the names of their sparse students. At SSSAS the Head of School takes the time to know every student by name even though there are three separate campuses. If you want to attend an academically strong school where you are more than just a number to the administration then St. Stephen s & St. Agnes School is the place for you.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been a member of the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes community for several years. The students are kind focused and engaged. The faculty are experts and the parents are welcoming and supportive. I cannot imagine being any happier.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 2 children at SSSAS I struggle to pay the tuition but I am extremely satisfied with my choice to so so. There is a place at SSSAS for every kind of child. The school supports and offers opportunities to be involved in many things. My children are not head's list they play only one sport and were very shy when they entered. The community is welcoming the teachers very sensitive and dedicated and they have blossomed at this school. The education is excellent they are fit and healthy and have made lifelong friendships in a safe and supportive environment. They have learned the value of being a 'good' and 'giving' person and to use their knowledge with wisdom. I couldn't ask for more.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a current student at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. I have read all of the reviews and strongly disagree with many things said. It is a wonderful school and I would not choose any other school over it. Yes there is a huge focus on sports but is that a problem. I mean don't you think that having and for some being a part of the #1 girls lacrosse team in the country is something to focus on and be proud of? Those girls who are given horrible tags have worked hundreds of hours to get to where they are and i do not think that people should speak so lowly of the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a former student of SSSAS and I would like to tell all parents and children that SSSAS is not a good choice for anyone. For example They have no discipline and no consequences. The teachers are very nice but if a child (say in the Lower School) is picking on another child the teachers are prohibited from defending the picked on child by the administration and I speak from experience. At SSSAS there are some grades that have 'groups'. These groups are the 'popular' ones in the grade and all other children who have an interest in things they don't like they attack like tigers and by half-way through the year I felt that I had no more self-esteem and again I speak from experience. I had a good time at SSSAS from pre-kindergarten-kindergarten! It's a waste of money!

  • (5 years ago)

    Arguably the most prestigeous school in the state and one of the best in the country.

  • (5 years ago)

    My grandson has attended St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School since pre-K. He has received an excellent education. The faculty and staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. The students receive a lot of one on one attention.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our family has spent over $450 000 in tuition at this school over the past 10 years. If you are an obsessive parent with lots of money to donate (in excess of tution) to ensure your child receives every opportunity--deserved or not-- this is your school! However if you find it unethical unchristian and unfair that a school would favor children of alumnae and wealthy donors to the point of idiocy then stay far far away. I do not know why more people do not speak about this school. I can only imagine that with the cost of tuition many would feel embarassed to do so.

  • (6 years ago)

    St. Stephen's and St. Agnes is an absolutely wonderful place to go to school. I went there for eight years and didn't want to graduate by the time I was a senior. I made lifelong friends there and had some really wonderful teachers all in an environment where people really care about you as a person. There is no other school in the world that I would have rather attended.

  • (6 years ago)

    SSSAS is one of the best schools in the area. The school is making some strides in diversity unlike other nearby schools (which is great given that it is minutes from MD/DC). The school tends to take a soft approach toward dealing with problematic youth at every level which allows affluent bullies (girls and boys) freedom to act out. Despite the shortcomings the administration is excellent/available. They design a plan that fits your child. Most would agree that resilient high-achieving students who have friends outside do best.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son attended the school for grades 1-12 and had an excellent experience. No school is perfect and SSSAS had several teachers with whom we disagreed (all have subsequently left) but by and large I would highly recommend it. SSSAS offers a first-rate education in a positive but structured environment. My son and his classmates were happy challenged and inspired. The education he received at SSSAS enabled him to be accepted to a top college.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school to attend if you are moving to the area. As a perosn who has completed my first year here I can say that it is one of the top schools in the area. The majority of the teachers are good to average while there is only one teacher that I know of that constantly recieves negitve feedback. The parents are always helping at the school when needed and the after school clubs very from writers club to the iron chef club. There is also a new auditorium known as the CPAC (Chapel & Performing Arts Center). The sports here are all very good and are competitive at their level. Overall if I am still in the Area at the time I have children they will go here to SSSAS

  • (8 years ago)

    Our daughter is in lower school here. The school is well balanced providing the full range of academic and extracurricular activities. Everyone is friendly and they have three attractive campuses in Alexandria. The school has a uniform and a bus and seems less P.C. than most other equivalent area private schools. We have heard from other parents that the school becomes less demanding relatively at the upper levels and that therefore some students move on to other schools. Even at the lower levels there does seem to be a tendency to cater to the typical school student by which I mean affluent reasonably smart (75th percentile type) kids. Kids significantly above or below that point may be less well served. Overall we are satisfied but feel there is room for improvement. We looked at many area private schools (and attended several) and liked SSSAS best for now.

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