Becoming a Spartan

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  • Application Process

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While searching for a school can be stressful, please know that our goal is to make the admissions process as smooth and enjoyable as possible for you and your child. The Admissions Committee carefully explores each applicant’s individual talents and strengths to determine if Steward's program best meets his or her needs. Please refer to the appropriate grade-level application procedures below to learn more about applying to Steward.

Steps to Apply

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  • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten

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  • Grades 1-5

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  • Grades 6-11

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  • International Students

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Helpful Tips

The online application does not have to be completed all at once.

After you’ve created your account, bookmark the login screen. As you fill out the application, you’ll see that you can periodically save your work. If you need to pause and return at a later time, simply log in again and pick up where you left off.

The application fee can be paid online as well. At the end of the application, you will be directed to a secure, encrypted page where you can make a credit card payment.

School Life FAQs

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the school hours?

    JK: 8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    K-Grade 5: 8 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
    Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.; AfterSchool Care is available until 6 p.m.

    Grades 6-8: 8 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
    Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.; AfterSchool Care is available until 6 p.m.

    Grades 9-12: 8 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
    Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • What are the after-school options for my child?

    AfterSchool Care is offered for students in grades JK-8. It is available from 3:10 - 6 p.m. daily and can be used on a regular or drop-in basis. Additionally, there are after-school enrichment opportunities for Lower School students throughout the school year.

    Arts/Athletics: There are three plays performed each year by current Middle and Upper School students through Steward’s Theatre Department. Rehearsals are held after school. Students are also eligible to participate in athletics during the fall, winter, and spring seasons, with practices after school.

    Clubs: Both the Middle and Upper Schools have a variety of clubs in which students may participate. Some have meetings during the school day, and others meet after school.
  • Is lunch provided?

    The school coordinates with an external vendor for students to purchase boxed lunches. Students are also welcome to pack their lunches.
  • Is there a dress code?

    The Steward School does have a dress code and encourages students to dress in attire conducive to learning. There are several “dress up” days on special occasions for all students during the year.

Admissions FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What are you looking for in an applicant?

    We seek students who are capable, curious, and eager to learn, and who will participate fully in the life of the school. Our admissions process uses a holistic approach to evaluating applicants, with no fixed criteria.
  • Is there admission testing?

    Admission testing is required at all levels. For specific information about your grade-level requirements, read more here.
  • Does applying for variable tuition affect an applicant’s chance for admission?

    No. All admissions decisions are made without regard to financial status.
  • Do I need to submit a completed application before I visit?

    Ordinarily, we are happy to give campus tours to anyone who inquires about admission to Steward and a completed application would not be required. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not hosting student visitors at this time.

    Typically, applicants who have submitted their application would spend a school day shadowing a current student in his/her grade level, but we are not able to host visitors this year. We are working to find as many other ways as possible to connect our applicants with the school during the admissions process.
  • What does it cost to attend Steward?

    Steward is proud to be among the top tier of independent schools in the Richmond area and to offer a top-notch college-preparatory education. Tuition varies by division:
    • JK: $16,950 (full-day)
    • Lower School (K-5): $23,990
    • Middle School (6-8): $25,700
    • Upper School (9-12): $27,120
    Steward offers a variable tuition option to eligible families, as well as merit scholarships to new Upper School students.

    More information is available on the Affordability webpage.
  • Can I visit Steward?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to host student visitors this year because of COVID-19 restrictions. There are many other ways to learn more about Steward though. We encourage you to visit our Experience Steward page or reach out to our admissions team.
  • What is the application deadline?

    To be considered in the first round of admission decisions, applications should be submitted by January 31, 2021. Applications submitted after this date are considered on a rolling basis as space permits.
  • Can a student apply mid-year?

    Mid-year applicants are carefully considered on a case-by-case basis, provided there is room in that particular grade. Relocation from out of area is the primary reason for a mid-year transfer.
  • Help! I don't know where to start. 

    We specialize in helping families learn everything there is to know about Steward. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (804) 565-2334 or email us at We’re here to help!
The Steward School admits students without regard to race, religion, color, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these protected characteristics in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Meet the Admissions Team

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    Rebecca Hoffmann 

    Director of Admissions
  • Photo of Jane Carter

    Jane Carter 

    Associate Director of Admissions, Grades JK-5
  • Photo of Elizabeth Farmer-Smith

    Beth Farmer-Smith 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Grades 6-11
  • Photo of Bobbie Fass

    Bobbie Fass 

    Admissions Assistant, International Admissions
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