Steward Outdoor School

253 Bushy Hill Road
Ivoryton, CT 06442
Tel: 860-767-0848
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Come visit our beautiful 740 acre campus located in coastal Connecticut.
Steward offers a unique opportunity for high achieving middle school students to learn and live away from their regular school for a semester or a year. Similar to existing high school semester schools, Steward fulfills and enhances required academic courses, allowing students to remain on-track academically.
Steward`s rigorous curriculum aligns with traditional academic courses while particularly focusing on hands-on environmental science and ethics.
Students will spend at least four weeks of each semester on outdoor adventure expeditions. Learning how to live in intentional community with a focus on sustainable practices is at the core of this program.
Students leave Steward with a stronger sense of self and are prepared to think critically, communicate effectively, organize themselves independently, and be the leaders and stewards of tomorrow.
Steward is a program of Incarnation Camp and Conference Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) with a 130+ year legacy of delivering life-changing education, retreat and camping programs to thousands of youth and adults from across the country and around the world each year.
Our unique campus sits on the home of America's oldest summer camp. It features a mile-long private lake, indoor and outdoor classrooms and labs, a nature center, working farm, organic gardens, indigenous studies sites, maple sugaring house, a high and low ropes course, sports fields, dorms (renovated in 2017) and so much more...
Not all classrooms have four walls.
Our campus features a mile-long private lake, indoor and outdoor classrooms and labs, a nature center, working farm, organic gardens, indigenous studies sites, maple sugaring house, a high and low ropes course, sports fields, dorms (renovated in 2017) and so much more...
Students leave Steward with a stronger sense of self and are prepared to think critically, communicate effectively, organize themselves independently, and be the leaders and stewards of tomorrow.
  • A Semester or a Year Spent at Steward Steward offers a unique opportunity for high achieving middle school students to learn and live away from their regular school for a semester or a year.
  • Similar to existing high school semester schools, Steward fulfills and enhances required academic courses, allowing students to remain on-track academically.
  • Steward`s rigorous curriculum aligns with traditional academic courses while particularly focusing on hands-on environmental science and ethics.
  • Students will spend at least four weeks of each semester on outdoor adventure expeditions.
  • Learning how to live in intentional community with a focus on sustainable practices is at the core of this program.
  • Students leave Steward with a stronger sense of self and are prepared to think critically, communicate effectively, organize themselves independently, and be the leaders and stewards of tomorrow.

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Steward OutdoorBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-97-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded20171910
Campus Size740 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment24 students300 students
% Students of Color
20%
20%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
95%
67%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size5 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:31:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered517
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
100%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$45,000$53,300
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$28,560
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 15 / rollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
75%
55%
Director of AdmissionsHadley Swope Kornacki
Associate Director of AdmissionsDana Capasso Stivers

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2114
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Ice Hockey, Intramural Sports Only, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Orienteering, Riding, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations723
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Ceramics, Coding & Technologies of Tomorrow, Rhetoric & Public Speaking, SSAT Prep

Arts and Music Programs:
1:1 Instrument/ Vocal Instruction

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Environmental Outdoor Education, Horseback Riding

School Notes

    Steward offers a unique opportunity for high achieving middle school students to learn and live away from their regular school for a semester or a year. Similar to existing high school semester schools, Steward fulfills and enhances required academic courses, allowing students to remain on-track academically.  Steward`s rigorous curriculum aligns with traditional academic courses while particularly focusing on hands-on environmental science and ethics.
  • We are proud to offer a unique academic program that balances academic rigor and outdoor adventure, resulting in a life changing experience that sets our graduates up for success in high school and beyond. Our faculty are mentors, teachers, advisors and dorm parents who encourage our students to explore their passions and purpose. Nurtured by the richness and breadth of our program, graduates of Steward enter high school with a better understanding of themselves and their place in the world.
  • In addition to providing an excellent foundation for high school coursework, Stewards learn the skills necessary to live and work with others. Living in intentional community with shared responsibilities allows students to find their voice, develop leadership skills, resolve conflicts, celebrate diversity and discover their own talents and strengths. Stewards leave prepared to organize themselves independently and thrive academically and socially.
  • Stewards spend four weeks out of each semester on outdoor adventures that build wilderness skills, confidence and community. These week-long expeditions are intentionally built into our curriculum: students learn about geology and watersheds while canoeing down the Connecticut River; discuss transportation, trade and population while biking along the Erie Canal, and chart our course using mathematics and navigation while sailing up the Maine coast. 
  • Whether students come to Steward as avid outdoors lovers, or having never stepped foot in the woods before, our faculty and Wilderness Trip leaders give students the skills and support that they need to thrive on outdoor adventure expeditions. Examples of these experiences include: backpacking along the Appalachian Trail, canoeing down the Connecticut River in VT, biking along the Erie Canal, sailing a schooner along the Maine coast, Sea kayaking in Maine or the Mid Atlantic, Snowshoeing or cross country skiing hut to hut in the White Mountains, Rock climbing in the Catskills, and Camping in New England and the Mid Atlantic.
  • As a parent, you want to give your child every advantage possible. A semester or year spent at Steward sets your child apart. Browse our website and set up a conversation with us to learn more about the value of a semester or year spent at Steward. We look forward to welcoming you to Ivoryton.
  • Attending Steward Can:
  • Give students a head start on developing independence, organization, good judgement, risk-taking and other life skills necessary for success in high school, college and beyond.
  • Nurture a student`s motivation for and interest in learning.
  • Complement a student`s education with experiences that are not available at their home school.
  • Provide students from public and day schools a boarding school experience without the cost or time commitment of attending a four-year school.
  • Provide students considering boarding schools with the experience of living and learning in a residential setting.
  • Provide students with unique, eye-catching experience that sets them apart from other applicants in the high school and college admission processes.
  • Mission:Creating academically curious leaders and stewards of tomorrow through academic and outdoor exploration, ethical reasoning, and self-discovery in an intentional community.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: National Association of Episcopal Schools
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