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Academics & Curriculum


St. Stephen School offers a dynamic learning environment. Our school is accredited by the Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association and has been awarded the National Catholic Education Association’s Outstanding Home and School Association Award.

The St. Stephen community is proud of its commitment to educate the whole child.  Small class sizes allow our dedicated teachers to provide the instruction, attention, and guidance necessary to help students reach their full potential. Traditionally our students score above the national average in standardized testing and are well prepared for the challenges of high school.

We offer excellence in academics for all learning levels, including accelerated programs, a dedicated resource room, and the Arrowsmith School Program, an internationally recognized program for students with learning disabilities which focuses on rebuilding the learning capacity.  In addition to the core subjects:  religion, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, we offer specialized instruction in Spanish, technology, art, physical education, music and band. Additional support services includes: an Enrichment Teacher who works with students above grade level, Reading Specialist, and a school counselor.


St. Stephen School follows the curriculum guidelines set by the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

We invite you to explore the curriculum standards used within Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Parents are the primary educators of their children, and our Catholic schools support parents in the process of fully forming each child in mind, body and soul. These curriculum standards, adopted in August 2018, reflect how our Catholic faith informs instruction across all content areas and grade levels.

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