· To develop a shared vision between St. Stephen’s church and school that serves as a progressive model for other education and religious institutions.
· To offer a comprehensive curriculum and spiritual formation for students 15 months to 18 years, inspired by Montessori and Episcopal principles, in preparation for higher learning.
· To create platforms for support of the facilitation and advancement of SSESH’s operations and other strategic priorities.
· To build a more diverse school community and be an employer of choice for faculty and staff that also strengthens the cultural experience of the school.
Strategic Goal One: To develop a shared vision between St. Stephen’s church and school that serves as a progressive model for other education and religious institutions.
We are committed to our shared values. One of the first steps toward constructing a shared vision between the church and school community was a joint initiative to identify Six Shared Core Values. They are:
We cherish the future
We affirm individuality
We question everything
We build relationships
We practice service
These values are the focal point of internal reflection on how we relate with each other, with students, and how the church and school, staff and faculty interact. You will also see the expression of these values given priority on our website and in print materials.
Manifesting these shared values is shared work. The church and the school have been partners for many years, but it has only been in the last several that the partnership has truly flourished. Indeed, the accrediting team from the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools noted the improved relationship and deep respect between the leadership of the two institutions.