Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
315 41st St W
Bradenton FL 34209

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School will:

  • Provide a superior academic program which prepares each student for a college or university compatible with the individual’s academic ability, interest, and needs
  • Instill in each student a love of learning, an active respect for all members of the school community and a fundamental sense of integrity
  • Provide a nurturing environment which values independence and self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness, and responsible global citizenship
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Janet S. Pullen
Board Chair Mr. John Neal
Board Chair Affiliation Neal Land Ventures
General Info
Organization DBA
Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
Episcopal Day Private School of Manatee County
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1970
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes Nov 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Other Documents
Impact Statement
  • The is currently in the quiet phase of a Campaign to build the Center at Saint Stephen's.  This $6.5m project includes a Thrift Shop/Food Pantry for Christ Church and a new Multi-purpose performing arts center scheduled to be built during the 2018-2019 school year.  (goal)
  • The School completed and opened the Marine Science Center in the winter of 2016. This new waterfront facility, serving all grades from K-12th, is situated by the School's dock on the McLewis Bayou for easy access to the Manatee River and the Intercoastal Waterway for research and exploration. (accomplishment)
  • The School broadening our relationships with schools and organizations around the world. We are currently working with Maurick College in the Netherlands on student-led, joint marine science projects. In addition we are collaborating with Maurick College to participate in the Water is Life international marine science conference heldin Japan this year and we will host the conference in 2020. (goal)
  • The School created an on-campus crew program accessing the waters of the McLewis Bayou. The acquisition of 7 new crew shells and other associated items, a new boathouse, and a new crew dock all have made this offering another area of excellence in the School's programs.(accomplishment)
  • The School's four academic initiatives continue to be developed to enhance and be integrated in the school's rigorous, college preparatory curriculum. The initiatives are iPads use at all grade levels, a comprehensive Global Education program, Marine Science, and Emotional Intelligence.(goal)
  • The School continues its proud tradition of producing National Merit Scholars, announcing three semi-finalists for the 2017-18 school year. (Please visit this list of colleges to which Saint Stephen's students have been accepted from 2011- 2017. (accomplishment)
Needs Statement
  1. Maintain and improve enrollment: Saint's Fund (annual giving) dollars help reduce the amount of extra fees our parents have to pay for their children to have the unique enrichment opportunities that come with a Saint Stephen's education. This most directly affects our families receiving financial aid, though this budget relief is distributed evenly among all families. Providing scholarship monies for qualified students to attend Saint Stephen's would benefit the School by ensuring enrollment numbers and would benefit the students by providing an excellent education preparing them for college. Cost: $20,000 per student covers tuition, books, and fees for one year.
  2. Capital projects: The next stage of the School's Master Site Plan is a new performing arts facility that will allow the talented students and faculty in the visual and performing arts programs a facility fully capable of maximizing their potential to present internal and community exhibits and performances. Plans are underway to begin this project in the within 18 months.  This is a $7.5m project.
  3. Enhancing faculty salaries and benefits: The current stimulation to the School's endowment fundraising from a recent bequest allows it to address the needs of the faculty in the area of benefits and salaries, providing enhanced operating budget relief. The establishment of a teaching chair that would assist toward this end is part of the plans the School looks to implement in the years leading up to the 50th anniversary celebration in 2020. Cost: $50,000 per year.
  4. Professional development: Providing monies for teachers to attend conferences, workshops, and continuing education courses would further the course offerings within the college preparatory program our teachers present to the students. Cost: $20,000 per year.
Background Statement

In 1970, a small group of community leaders met with their rector at Christ Episcopal Church and dreamed of a school to provide an education with high scholastic standards and small classes. The dream would become Saint Stephen's Episcopal School.

The first Headmaster was Reverend Rodman Kypke (1970-1971) and the entire student body numbered 198 students in K - 8th Grade. It was during the headmastership of the Reverend Louis Hayden, Jr. (1971-1976) that the first graduating class of 11 seniors received their diplomas in 1975.

A dedicated educator, the Reverend Bennett H. Barnes was appointed Headmaster in 1976. The Upper School enrollment doubled, new technology in the form of computers became commonplace and the foreign language curriculum was greatly strengthened. A site development plan for a permanent elementary building and administrative facilities emerged.

John Howard served as Headmaster from 1987 to 2003. Due to his vision and leadership, numerous advances in programs and upgrades of the physical plant were implemented over the course of 16 years. The Pre-K program for four-year-olds was born in 1988. In 1989, student enrollment grew to 222 and by 1995 to 447. In 1995, many of the original founders and past members of the Board of Trustees joined together to purchase seven acres for the athletic fields, which now hold 8 practice tennis courts, a soccer/football field, baseball and softball diamonds, and playgrounds for the Lower and Intermediate Divisions.

Another 5.2 acres of adjacent land known as the Eckerd Plaza was acquired in 1999, bringing the total campus land area to 35 naturally-wooded acres.

To maintain small class sizes and provide up-to-date learning facilities, the School launched a capital campaign to build 3 new Upper School buildings, totally over 60,000 square feet of space. Construction began in November of 2000 and all three buildings were completed by November 2003. The re-design of the campus increased visibility of the school from Manatee Avenue.

Dr. Janet Pullen became the new Head of School in 2003. She has brought a new leadership style combined with 30 years of Saint Stephen's experience as a faculty member, administrator, parent, and grandparent. Also in the 2003, the Board of Trustees created a new master site plan. Tennis courts were built, the bayou was dredged, a dock was built, all to get the site plan started. A capital campaign was launched in 2007, which resulted in the new LEED-certified Sunlight Middle School and increased gifts to the school's endowment. Today, the School serves 710 students in Pre-K - 12th Grade and sends 100% of its students to college. And the endowment has grown to $6M. In 2009, a challenge campaign began which successfully brought in $ 4.5M too build the Moore Athletic Complex at Turner Field. The complex opened in October 2013, followed the opening of the Falcon Field House in May 2014. Gym renovation were completed in 2015. A new marine science center, located on campus near the banks of the McLewis Bayou, was opened in February 2016. The facility growth over the past 15 years parallels w the growth in student enrollment and curriculum.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Saint Stephen's serves students who come from a 40 mile radius that includes mostly Manatee and Sarasota counties but also includes Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Approximately 12% of our student population is international.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Saint Stephen's Episcopal School distinguishes itself in the Manatee/Sarasota area as a Pre-K through 12th grade independent, college preparatory school welcoming all faiths. Known for academic excellence, 100% of our seniors are accepted into a college or university each year. The dedicated Saint Stephen's faculty provides the students a rigorous academic program, competitive athletic teams, and vibrant fine arts offerings in a nurturing environment. In addition to an excellent core curriculum, students receive daily foreign language instruction, physical education five times per week, computer, religion, drama, art, and music. Global education is an important part of our overall program in which we connect our students with students from around the world through our global curriculum selections, "live" videoconferencing transmissions, student exchanges, and international trips.

As an Episcopal school, Saint Stephen's has a strong commitment to community service with each grade level engaged in helping others in our community or in our world. Students of all faiths attend weekly chapels together in which students have the opportunity to hear prayers, enjoy music, and share presentations about meaningful issues.

Student leadership is also strongly encouraged at Saint Stephen's and is present in the traditional roles within student government organizations, in clubs, and on the athletic field. In addition, Saint Stephen's students are seen in leadership roles in our programs such as Mock Trial, Model UN, and Harvard Model Congress. The school selects a student chaplain and chapel leaders to assist with weekly chapels. Student-led conferences are held twice a year in which students take the lead in the traditional parent-teacher conferences to share their academic progress.

Class sizes are small. Located on a 35 acre wooded campus, the School has well-equipped buildings and classrooms, including an environmentally "green" Middle School, a state-of-the art 600-seat athletic complex, and an innovative marine science center and crew program situated directly off of the dock on the McLewis Bayou that gives the teachers and students access to the Manatee River. Students who are admitted to Saint Stephen's come from a thirty-mile radius in the two county area. In addition, the School has 10% of its students who come from a growing number of foreign countries around the world.

Description Each year the faculty is supported by these funds which are released upon based upon individual submissions by faculty. Every two to three years, these same funds are used to send the full faculty to the FCIS annual conference in Orlando as well. Finally, summer studies and conference work is supported by these funds. A committee of administrators, faculty and staff function to decide who receives this funding and how much is allotted.
Budget $60,000
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
Faculty have launched and supported new and dynamic initiatives at the school such as the iPad Initiative, the Global Initiative, Emotional Intelligence Initiative, and continue to challenge their students to take national honors in Latin Competitions (Certamen), Mock Trials, Model UN at Columbia University, and success with individual playwrights recognized both locally and nationally. These are just a few of the many examples of how this faculty, buoyed by this ongoing professional development, encourage and coach our students to levels of excellence come to be associated with a Saint Stephen’s education.
Saint Stephen’s was ranked no. 3 in the Greater Tampa Bay Area by for 2017.
55% faculty hold Masters Degrees.
Long Term Success
The proof of the excellence of this faculty long term is in the numbers
100% of our graduates attend four-year colleges and universities
18 advanced placement courses are offered each year
37 students have been National Merit Scholarship finalists since 2005
$7m in merit based aid awarded to graduates of the class of 2017
#1 Ranked Private School in Bradenton/Sarasota by
92% pass rate on AP’s since 2012
18 State Championships won by Falcon athletic teams
Program Success Monitoring
Annual test results and outcomes in both academic and athletic competitions
School scores on achievement and aptitude testing
Advanced degrees correlating with greater amount of professional development
Academic Dean and Divisional annual evaluations of faculty
Students are achieving beyond Saint Stephen’s through college and into their careers. Faculty support and training lay the foundations for students developing healthy attitudes, good work habits and strong emotional intelligence.
Program Success Examples
Achievements of National and Regional Latin Competitions
92% of students passing Achievement Tests
18 State Champion athletic teams
Mock Trial and Model UN finalists regularly
Teachers have students Skyping with 20 different countries
Teachers offer 18 Advanced Placement Courses
100% of students attend 4-year colleges and universities
Program Comments by Organization Each year our faculty and students are afforded the flexibility to seize opportunities that come up during the school year and may not be in the budget.  Annual giving:  helps reduce tuition increases, allows for special programs like rich Mandarin program, science relationships and research, upper school capstone educational opportunities for seniors, and many, many more ways we create the The Saint Stephen's Difference for each of our students.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Janet S. Pullen
CEO Term Start July 2003
CEO/Executive Director Email

Ed.D.-University of Pennsylvania (2013) Educational Leadership
M.Ed.-National Louis University (1998) Concentration on Curriculum and Instruction
B.S.-Florida State University College of Education (1976) Certification in Elementary Education, Special Education: Visual Disabilities

Janet Pullen was appointed Head of School at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School (Pre-K through 12) in 2003, having served as Associate Head of School from 1998-2003. Prior administrative positions include Head of Intermediate and Middle School Divisions (Grades 4-8) 2001-2003, Head of Lower School (PK-5) 1988-2002, Admissions Director, Lower School (PK-5) 1988-2003, Director of Activities (PK-12) 1988-2003, Academic Council (PK-12) 1988-present, Co-Chair 2001-2003. Responsible for or involved with fiscal affairs and budgets, construction, planning and design of new school structures, faculty and professional development, curriculum development, admissions and increased enrollment, parent involvement at the school. Actively responsible for admissions and increased enrollment from 1988-2002, when admissions raised from 222 to 760 students. In addition to her responsibilities as Head of School, Jan has presented workshops at the national level for the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the National Council for Teachers of English.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Rev. Bennett Barnes July 1977 - June 1988
Mr. John M. Howard July 1988 - June 2003
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 123
Part Time Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 88
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 418
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

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External Assessments and Accreditations
National Association of Independent Schools
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)2015
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)2015
Southern Association of Independent Schools2015
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools2015
Awards & Recognition
Goodwill Ambassador of the YearGoodwill Foundation2011
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
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Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Neal
Company Affiliation Neal Land Ventures
Board Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Don Arendt retired
Mrs. Elizabeth Baran Next Best You: Career Coaching for Moms on the Move
Mr. Tom Brown Christ Episcopal Church
Dr. Debra Carter Carter Psychology Center
Mr. Thuy Dam Medtronic Inc.
Mrs. Meghan Davis Community Volunteer
Mr. John Freeman Community Volunteer
Mr. Stephen Horn Ian Black Real Estate
Mr. Richard Lawrence SRQ Property Law
Mr. Neil McCurry Jr.Retired
Mrs. Kimberly Miele Harvard Medical School
Mrs. Elizabeth Moore Community Volunteer
The Reverend Joel Morsch Christ Episcopal Church
Mr. John Neal Neal Land Ventures
Mr. Clint Pierce community volunteer
Mr. Steven Popp Community Volunteer
Dr. Janet S. Pullen Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
Mr. Patrick Ryskamp Williams Parker Law Firm
Mr. Douglas Van Dyke Leadership Simplified
Mr. Richard Walter Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 14
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Governance Comments by Organization In September 2017, the Board of Trustees adopted the school's 2017-2022 Strategic Plan which clarifies the challenges and opportunities facing the Board and the school.  Working collaboratively, the Board's committees and the school's administration are addressing topics ranging from providing our students rigorous and innovative curricula and learning beyond our four walls to ensuring long-term financial stability and fostering a safe environment.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $13,560,000.00
Projected Expenses $14,287,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $5,959,300.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy % 3
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$619,053$3,647,111$942,966
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,693$341,934$65,391
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$78,235$92,358$37,136
Revenue In-Kind$44,480$46,653$220,556
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$9,422,251$11,430,023$8,377,900
Administration Expense$6,076,612$6,028,509$5,484,718
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.980.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%65%60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$26,823,638$33,450,044$30,757,758
Current Assets$2,380,717$4,324,402$7,178,759
Long-Term Liabilities$7,598,310$3,711,598$2,410,225
Current Liabilities$6,797,034$10,905,507$11,280,651
Total Net Assets$12,428,294$18,832,939$17,066,882
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition and Fees $12,691,000Tuition and Fees $12,036,981Tuition and Fees $11,223,232
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $619,053Contributions, gifts, grants $3,647,111Contributions, gifts, grants $942,966
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMiscellaneous $417,794Miscellaneous $374,288Other $326,337
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.350.400.64
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets28%11%8%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures based on IRS Form 990. 990 and audits reconcile. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as provided on Form 990.
Nonprofit Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
Address 315 41st St W
Bradenton, FL 34209
Phone 941 746-2121