Applying to Steward

Our goal is to be your partner in determining if The Steward School is the right fit for your child.

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.

To personalize the process, we invite applicants in grades 1-12 to spend a full day in the classroom. Junior kindergarten and kindergarten applicants have several opportunities to visit our Lower School, meet our junior kindergarten and kindergarten teachers, and explore our classrooms. Please refer to the appropriate grade-level application procedures below to learn more about applying to Steward.

JK/K Application Process Grades 1-8 Application Process Grades 9-11 Application Process International Student Application Process

Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Application Process

  1. Complete and submit an online application with a $50 fee.
  2. Register for testing. Please complete and return the WPPSI-IV Testing Form to indicate whether your child will test through Steward or elsewhere.
  3. Attend the JK/Kindergarten Play with a Purpose event for First-Round Applicants on November 29. This is an opportunity for you and your child to get comfortable with Steward before his/her Readiness Screening Day.
  4. Attend a JK/Kindergarten Readiness Screening Day for First-Round Applicants. Applicants gather in small groups to screen for JK/Kindergarten readiness skills in January. Dates and times will be scheduled after the application is received.
  5. Receive electronic notification letters on February 22 for first-round applicants.*
    *Rolling admissions continues through spring as space allows.

Grades 1-8 Application Process

  1. Complete and submit an online application with a $50 fee.
  2. Register for testing. Please complete and return the WISC-V Testing Form to indicate whether your child will test through Steward or elsewhere.
  3. Sign and submit the Request for Release of Student Records Form to your child’s current school.
  4. Grades 1-6 submit the Teacher Recommendation Form to your child's classroom teacher. Grades 7 and 8 submit the Teacher Recommendation Form to your child's English and math teachers.
  5. Schedule a student visitation day by contacting Jane Carter at (804) 565-2334 or
  6. Receive notification letters following our current student re-enrollment in February for First-Round Applicants.*
    *Rolling admissions continues through spring as space allows.

Grades 9-11 Application Process

  1. Complete and submit an online application with a $50 fee.
  2. Sign and submit the Request for Release of Student Records Form to your child’s current school.
  3. Submit the Teacher Recommendation Form to your child's English and math teachers.
  4. Click here to register for one of the following SSAT testing options (for ninth-grade applicants only). The school code for Steward is 6084.
      1. October 13, 2018—St. Catherine's School
      2. November 10, 2018—Collegiate School
      3. December 8, 2018—St. Catherine's School
      4. January 5, 2019—St. Christopher's School
      5. February 2, 2019—Collegiate School
  5. Schedule a student visitation day by contacting Beth Farmer at (804) 565-2335 or
  6. Receive electronic notification letters on March 8 for First-Round Applicants.*
    *Rolling Admissions continues through spring as space allows.

International Student Application Process

  1. Complete and submit an online application with a $50 fee.
  2. Complete and submit the supplemental application. Please be sure to include the 3-5 paragraph essay based on the prompt in the supplemental application.
  3. Submit translated copies of school records and transcripts from the past three school years, including this current school year.
  4. Submit teacher recommendation letters from math teacher, native language teacher, and English teacher. Recommendation letters should be translated into English.
  5. Submit iTEP slate, TOEFL Jr., or TOEFL iBT score. Steward's TOEFL code is B234.
  6. Submit a copy of the student's current passport. 
  7. Optional: Submit translated copies of any aptitude or achievement testing from the past two school years, including this current school year.

Once we have received all of the above documents, the admissions committee will review the application. At that time, we may schedule a video Skype interview with the applicant.

Since all instruction at Steward is conducted in English, applicants should have studied English for several years prior to enrollment at Steward. Once the assessment is complete, and all records have been received, Steward’s Admissions Committee will meet to determine if Steward can offer admission.

Upon acceptance, an enrollment contract is issued. The contract, signed by the parents/guardian, should be returned along with the deposit, the new student fee, and verification of financial support. Once all required school documents are received, the student's I-20 will be processed and a course of study will be recommended. All NEW students are required to take the ESL course unless otherwise indicated. Ongoing assessment after the student is enrolled may result in a recommended change in resources and services.




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