Stephen School strives to teach the Good News, build a community
deeply rooted in faith and foster in each student a compassionate
awareness of the needs of others.
aware of making the world a better place the student is encouraged
to seek academic excellence, to develop God-given talents and
to be cognizant of the need for peace and justice in the world.
Albert Taylor, first pastor of St. Stephen Church, founded St.
Stephen School in September of 1964. Staffed by the Sisters of
Mercy, the school served students from grades one to three from
Hamden and neighboring towns. A grade was added each year until
1969 with the completion of eighth grade. 1970 marked the first
graduation and the establishment of the Home School Association.
Due to an area consolidation of Catholic schools in 1989, grades
seven and eight were moved to a Catholic middle school and a kindergarten
class was established. In 1990, an after school program was implemented,
and a playground was constructed. Grades seven and eight were
re-established at St. Stephen and a pre-kindergarten was initiated
in 1992. This year also marked the formation of a coeducational
sports program. Three years later, a School Board, Development
Committee and computer center were established.
the dedicated efforts of the faculty and staff, Christian values
are instilled in the students of St. Stephen as they pursue academic
excellence. This values orientation serves as the foundation for
the family atmosphere, well-rounded curriculum, and welcoming
school offers a variety of co-curricular activities, music and
foreign language programs. A modern computer center with Internet
access provides the students with the knowledge and tools necessary
to achieve in a rapidly advancing technologically oriented society.
of the School Board and Development committee assist the Administration
in meeting the present and anticipated school needs identified
through an on-going long-range, strategic planning process.
Stephen is committed to continuing its mission of providing the
highest quality Catholic education for all of its students.
For the 2006-2007 school year, Saint Stephen School has begun
a new all-day, five-day Pre-Kindergarten program for 4-year-olds
and discontinued the 3-year-old program. Our new addition to the
school provides space for an expanded computer lab, a larger school
library/media center, and a remodeled gymnasium/auditorium. A
Capital Campaign was initiated in the fall of 2000 to raise more
than one million dollars for this project.
concern is not just for the "brick and mortar" issues,
but for the continued development of an excellent faculty and
the accessibility of a Catholic education for every family who
wishes their child(ren) to be a part of the St. Stephen tradition.
Description of School and Parish Community
Parish of St. Stephen was a Mission of St. Donato, New Haven,
and later a Mission of St. Barnabas, North Haven. In 1953, it
became a parish with Father Albert Taylor as its first pastor.
The church and hall on Ridge Road were built in 1957 and the school
was built in 1964.
Stephen School Board began to fully function in June of 1995.
It helped formulate a Tuition Agreement, agreed to the use of
FACTS Tuition Management Program, participated in the self-study
for our NEASC Accreditation visit and has been instrumental in
our Capital Campaign. Membership on the Board is currently at
ten, with three parents, three parishioners, and four people from
the community or alumni/ae. The Board meets monthly with the exception
of July and August.
in the parish include a Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Social
Ministry Committee, Youth Ministry and a Parish Council.
faculty numbers nine full-time teachers, a full-time Pre-Kindergarten
teacher, a Physical Education person shared with St. Bridget School,
Cheshire, and St. Vincent de Paul School, East Haven. There are
part-time aides in Grades Pre-K, K and 1, a part-time librarian,
music teacher and a part-time nurse. There is a full time secretary-receptionist
in the school, and finances are handled through the Administrative
Assistant at the rectory.
school initiated an Annual Fund Drive several years ago . Its
average proceeds are between $20,000 and $30,000 per year, with
half going for technology (computer software and hardware) and
the other half going into an Endowment.
school currently has openings for a few more students. Through
the useage of the FACTS Tuition Management Program we have had
about 99% payment of tuition. We are able to invest the upfront
payment of tuition in a money market fund with Wells Fargo and
have additional monies in Mutual Funds as well.
come from 13 different parishes, primarily Hamden-North Haven,
but also Cheshire, East Haven, West Haven, Woodbridge, Wallingford,
Durham, New Haven and Northford. Only 23% of the students come
from St. Stephen Parish, while 77% come from other parishes. The
families are generally middle class. Racially the school population
has 205 white children, 22 Afro-Americans, 4 Asians, 2 Hispanics,
1 Native American and 8 multiracial children.
organizations include Student Council, coed soccer, boys' and
girls' basketball, boys' baseball, girls' softball, cheerleading,
"Creative Corner", a literary publication, and band.
for the school year include a school-wide, holiday music concert,
a spring musical, a science fair, school Masses, a school-wide
picnic in June, dances for Grades 6-8 and assorted field trips
throughout the year.
classroom structure is self-contained in Grades K-5 and interdisciplinary
for 6-8. Students in 4-8 have access to our new computer lab.
The lower grades have two computers in every classroom with Internet
connections as well as an internal hub connection. The faculty
is very stable with the newest faculty member on staff for four
years, while the faculty member with the longest tenure is 30
years, with most faculty members somewhere in between. What is
most unique about St. Stephen School is that it is small with
a healthy sense of intimacy.
ST. STEPHEN REGISTRATION
2006, Saint Stephen School established a full-day
(Monday-Friday) Pre-Kindergarten Program for four-year-olds in
addition to the existing half-day program. Parents will have a
choice of programs for their child. To register for our 5-day
Pre-Kindergarten program (4-year-olds only) or for our all-day
Kindergarten through Grade 8, please call Saint
Stephen School at 203/288-6792 to make an appointment with Mrs.
Maria Testa, Principal. You won't regret your investment in your