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The Steward School
School Name:
The Steward School
Street Address:
11600 Gayton Rd
Richmond, VA 23238
Head of School:
Mr. Daniel Frank
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
Grade Levels:
Enrollment Size:
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Admissions Contact:
Rebecaa Hoffmann
11/13/2019 10:48:00 AM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

At The Steward School, we recognize that choosing a school is not only about finding the right fit for your child today; it’s also about preparation for the student’s future. We must prepare students with the skills and experiences they will need to succeed in college and in life, in a world that’s rapidly changing. Therefore, educational programs should be designed accordingly.

The right school for your student recognizes that there’s not only one possible path to success. Instead it should teach collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, resourcefulness, resilience, and big-picture thinking, which will carry students’ on their future paths and nurture their leadership potential.

That’s our philosophy at Steward. Our intentionally sized school is large enough to provide the resources for students to explore their interests and curiosities across academics, athletics, and the arts concurrently, and small enough to give them the personalized attention they need to pursue those interests.

Across the country, statistics show that student engagement plummets from 80% in elementary school to just 40% by the beginning of high school (Gallup Student Poll). However, The Steward School is defying that trend. Engagement is a core part of our mission, which is to prepare our students for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care.

At Steward, academics from JK – 12 are rigorous and children gain knowledge. But students are not simply memorizing facts, because in the 21st century facts are as easy to come by as a Google search. What’s important is how students are able to apply their knowledge, to innovate with it.

Therefore, our students experience hands-on learning paired with traditional, rigorous academic study, as well as blended classrooms that utilize the latest technology. This education does not only take place in academic classrooms, but also on the athletic fields, in art and music studios and in theatres, and in the Bryan Innovation Lab, a building and gardens specifically designed as a 21st-century, problem-solving, experiential-learning environment.

Our students benefit from a community that celebrates the achievements of every student and recognizes that those achievements, though unique to each person, better the community as a whole. This environment helps shape today’s students into the adults our world will need in the future.

School Fast Facts:

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.


School Year

August 26, 2019 - June 1, 2020


Interscholastic Athletics

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

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.


Affording Steward

  • 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


Tuition 2019-2020

  • 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).


Member of:

  • 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)
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