Founded in 1972, The Steward School serves boys and girls in junior kindergarten through grade 12. With a college-preparatory curriculum, small classes, individual attention, extracurricular enterprises, and an in-school tutoring program, Steward is designed to help students reach their educational goals. Steward offers after school care, English as a Second Language, summer camps, interdisciplinary projects, and innovative minimesters with internship and travel abroad opportunities, allowing for a personalized educational experience.
Number of Students: 670
Average Class Size: 13 (max: 15-17)
Student/Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Student Retention: 94%
Ethnic Diversity: 29%
Countries Represented: 6
Lower School: 8 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Middle School: 8 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Upper School: 8 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
August 26, 2019 - June 1, 2020
We often say that Steward is “More than School,” which means that we are a community who is learning and growing both in the classroom and beyond. Eight out of ten Middle and Upper School students participate on one of our 43 competitive athletic teams. For them, More than School comes to life on the athletic fields, courts, courses and in the pool. Steward’s athletic program teaches lessons that serve our students long after they retire their Spartans jerseys.
Our coaches are focused on developing the whole student-athlete, and are not only concerned with athletic performance. The emphasis is on building character, sportsmanship, confidence, and leadership skills in young athletes. Because of Steward’s purposeful size, our coaches are able to get to know each player, both on and off the field.
Our no-cut policy for Middle School athletics enables all of our young athletes to explore the sports that interest them. While the teams do play competitively, by allowing all Middle School students to participate, we build an inclusive community and self-esteem among the young athletes.
Steward’s expert coaches and world-class athletic facilities directly reflect the school’s commitment to physical activity, fitness, and skill development.
- Facilities include eight tennis courts, four 36-foot indoor courts, four athletic fields and a 44,000 square foot Athletic Center. Our baseball field recently won Field of the Year from the Sports Turf Managers Association.
- Nearly all of our Middle and Upper School head coaches were collegiate athletes.
The arts at Steward are a core part of the curriculum. Arts education develops important traits such as creativity, collaboration and initiative, which are beneficial both in the academic setting and also for students’ futures. Each JK-12 student has a chance to shine in music, theatre, and fine arts.
The arts at Steward stand out when compared to other schools:
- Lower, Middle, and Upper School students and faculty collaborate on projects and events (both on and off campus), giving students the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by each other and other artists in the community.
- In our Artist-in-Residence program, students work directly with professional artists, who become mentors who guide students throughout the process of creating works of both visual and performing art.
- The Cramer Center is one of the finest creative arts facilities in the area, with best-in-class facilities for theatre, choral and instrumental music, drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, and other visual arts.
- More than $2.5 million granted in Variable Tuition each year
- Merit awards available for students who are new to the Upper School
- The Debbie Robson Memorial Scholarship provides four years of full Upper School tuition to a rising ninth grader each year
- Junior Kindergarten (half-day): $11,170
- Junior Kindergarten (full-day): $16,380
- Grades K-5: $23,180
- Grades 6-8: $24,830
- Grades 9-12: $26,200
Accreditation: Steward is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).
- Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools
- Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE)
- Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
- Independent School Management (ISM)
- Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC)
- National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
- National Business Officers Association (NBOA)