Upper School Courses

Upper School Course of Study

In the tradition of the liberal arts, the academic program at St. Stephen’s is grounded in a curriculum that stresses the development of critical thinking skills. The educational experience fosters openness, candor, tolerance and respect as students learn how to develop independent points of view while using evidence to challenge or support hypotheses.

Upper School Graduation Requirements


A minimum of 18 credits is required for graduation. Each credit represents one year of study in a given discipline. The required course load is five full-credit courses per year. A student must earn a passing grade in each to qualify for promotion. Students who enter at 9th grade will have a total of 20 credits. In addition to academic requirements, students must pass a 9th-grade health course and a 10th, 11th, and 12th grade physical-education course for each year in attendance. Although the school offers study-abroad opportunities, the senior year must be spent at St. Stephen’s.

  • English: 4 credits
  • History and the Social Sciences: 3 credits (History III is required)
  • Mathematics: 3 credits (through Algebra II and through the junior year)
  • Classical or Modern Languages: 3 credits (in the same language)
  • Science: 3 credits (Biology is required)
  • Theology: 1 credit
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit (new juniors or seniors need 1/2 credit)
  • Electives: 1 credit

Sample Course of Study

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  • Grade 9

    English, History, Math, Health, Biology I, and Languages (French, Latin, Spanish, or Chinese).
  • Grade 10

    English, History, Math, Physical Education, Biology I, Chemistry I, Visual Studies I, II, or III, and Languages (Spanish, French, Latin, or Chinese).
  • Grade 11

    English, History, Math, Physical Education Electives, Chemistry I, II or AP, Physics I, Biology I, II or AP, Visual Studies I, II, III or Advanced, Advanced Art History, Advanced Music Theory, and Languages (Spanish, French, Latin, or Chinese).
  • Grade 12

    English, Theology, Physical Education Electives, Advanced Mathematics, Physics I, II, Chemistry I, II, Biology II, Visual Studies II, III or Advanced, Advanced Art History, Advanced Music Theory, Languages (Spanish, French, Latin, or Chinese), Senior Social Science, European History.
Address: 6500 St. Stephen's Drive Austin, Texas 78746
Phone: 512-327-1213