About Steward

Fuel the mind. Stir the imagination. Unleash the possibilities.

Preparing students for college and for life.

From day one, The Steward School has made our family feel welcome. A strong sense of community flourishes throughout the campus. Our family has found a school that empowers our children to think outside the box, to choose and tackle challenges with confidence, and to set goals with affirmation. Our children love their school, and they have a love for learning!

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.

Jason and Julie Herzog
(Parents of Emma '24 and Andrew '27) 

 



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 type of adults our world will need in the future.

Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare our students for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care.

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Our History

Steward was founded in 1972 as a smaller alternative to the larger private schools in the area. Our size is purposeful. We are large enough to provide the resources for students to explore their interests and curiosities across academics, the arts, and athletics, and small enough to give them the personalized attention they need in order to pursue these interests.

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At-A-Glance

From class sizes to accreditation information, here you’ll find fast facts about The Steward School.

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The Campus

The Steward School has grown from humble beginnings in a church basement to a 37-acre campus in western Henrico County. Explore the campus and find out how to get here.

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Greetings from the Head of School

"The Steward School is unlike any other, and I am full of optimism for our future. We will continue building on our strengths: a personalized environment, an array of academic experiences, and exceptional fine arts and athletic programs. Capitalizing on our use of technology, new areas of study, and the opportunities afforded by the Bryan Innovation Lab, we will be known equally for research, innovation, and design. This is an engaged community full of pride and spirit, offering the best small school experience in Richmond. I hope you will join our community."

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Leadership

Our Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors work together to ensure a strong future for the entire Steward community.

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Steward Voices

Considering the possibility of a new school for your child can be an overwhelming task. Here are what the experts—Steward community members—have to say.

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Employment Opportunities

People who work at Steward have a passion for learning and a commitment to our mission. Review the available positions to see if you’re a perfect fit for the Steward community.

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Newsroom

Check out our faculty's thought leadership content series, More Than School, or read about examples of innovative, cross-curricular education in Classroom Happenings. You'll also find news articles and press releases in our online newsroom.

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Contact Us

Explore the faculty and staff directory or arrange a visit to find out if The Steward School is right for you.

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Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

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The Steward School Mission

Our mission at The Steward School is to prepare our students for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care. We invite you to learn why so many families have chosen to become part of our community.

 

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Experience "The Steward Way"

The Steward School is committed to the kind of education that recognizes individuality and fosters potential through a differentiated approach. If you value small class sizes, close connections with faculty and fellow students, and a challenging yet supportive academic environment with broad opportunities, then Steward may be the right school for you.

 

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An Education as Unique as Your Child

We are proud to offer a comprehensive curriculum to students in junior kindergarten through twelfth grade. Discover the incredible opportunities we provide for each learner.

 

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Explore the World of the Arts

Whether setting the stage, striking a chord, creating a masterpiece, or simply exploring individual talents and interests, exposure to the arts develops important life skills necessary for students to succeed in academic areas and everyday life experiences. By providing our students with multiple creative outlets, we seek to nurture talents, build confidence, and help students discover passions.

 

Visual Arts     Music     Theatre

One School. One Team.

Participation, skill building, and sportsmanship are the cornerstones of The Steward School’s athletic program. At all levels, our coaching program is dedicated to giving students the training and experience necessary to develop a lifelong appreciation of physical activity, skill development, and, above all, teamwork.

 

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A New Way of Learning

The Bryan Innovation Lab is a 21st-century, problem-solving environment. Through experiential learning in this cutting-edge facility, students are able to grapple with real world issues, challenging their critical thinking and resourcefulness.

 

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Beyond the Classroom

The Steward School is a place of learning for the greater Richmond community through various campus programs. Whether you're interested in attending our annual gala, signing your child up for one of our summer camps, or learning more about LEAP, we welcome you to the Steward community.

 

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It's for Steward Students!

Your gift to the Annual Fund helps ensure that each student receives the best educational experience at Steward. With the Annual Giving Family of Funds, you can direct your giving and make an impact in the area that you find most meaningful.

 

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