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St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
Living Our Mission
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Type Independent preparatory school
Established 1924
Head of school Joan G. Holden
Grades JK - 12
Enrollment 1,155 (450 in Upper School)
Color(s) Red, White, Green, Gold
Athletics Boys: Interstate Athletic Conference
Girls: Independent School League
Mascot Saints
Newspaper The Voice
Yearbook Traditions
Affiliation Episcopalian

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is an independent Episcopal coed private prep school in Alexandria, Virginia. It was created from the 1991 merger of St. Agnes School (a girls' school founded in 1924) with St. Stephen's School (a boys' school founded in 1944). The School consists of three campuses within a 1.5 mile radius. The Lower School, grades JK-5, is located on Fontaine Street; the Middle School, grades 6-8, is located on Braddock Road; and the Upper School, grades 9-12, is located on St. Stephen's Road.

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School serves students from across Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Currently enrolled students hail from the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and the District of Columbia. The old St. Stephen's was one of the founding schools of the Interstate Athletic Conference, a league composed of private schools that once dominated the region's high school sports scene. With strong emphases on academics, arts, athletics, and community service, SSSAS regularly sends graduates to the Ivy League and other elite private colleges and universities. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School also boasts a strong alumni network for graduates.



The school is governed by a Head of School, Joan G. Holden, an Assistant Head of School, Bob Weiman, and a Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors consists of 27 members. Twenty-three members are elected, two serve ex officio and do not have voting rights, and two are non-voting members of the Association of Parents and Teachers and the Alumni Association. The Board is primarily responsible for the school's finances, and determines the school's long-term policies.

Honor Code

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is known for its student-established honor system, which is modeled after the honor system at the University of Virginia. Its foundation, the Honor Code, states, As a member of the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School community, I pledge that I will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do. The student-run Honor Council is responsible for the administration of the Honor Code in the Upper School. Every year in the fall, at the beginning of the school-year, students pledge their commitment to the Honor System by signing copies of the Honor Code.


St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School competes in the Interstate Athletic Conference (boys) and Independent School League (girls). The girls' lacrosse team is a perennial power, currently ranked in the top 5 in the nation, having finished the 2008 season undefeated. The school's wrestling program also has a rich history, regularly turning out state and IAC champions; three wrestlers to date have won the Lehigh National Prep Tournament, two of them twice. Many St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School's athletes go on to play at the collegiate level each year. Recent SSSAS alumni compete for Wake Forest University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, The College of William and Mary, Denison University, Princeton University, Duke University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Kenyon College, Georgetown University, Columbia University, Norfolk State University, Davidson College, University of Virginia, Colgate University, Amherst College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Williams College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Maryland, College Park, among other schools.


St. Stephen's & St. Agnes is host to a well reputed Theatre program, known as Stage One Players, which consistently stages shows that win critical acclaim, including regional Cappies awards. The school's jazz band and, to a lesser extent, string orchestra also have particularly strong reputations.

In 2003, the school completed construction of a Chapel and Performing Arts Center, which includes a theater, music classrooms, a recording studio, and a music library.

Notable alumni

Additionally, John McCain, senator and Republican presidential candidate in 2000 and 2008, attended St. Stephen's from 1946-1949 before ultimately graduating from Episcopal High School in 1951.

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