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Stewart Home & School occupies the historic campus of the old Kentucky Military Institute and its adjoining 850 acres of serene rural farmland in Frankfort, Kentucky. The campus provides a beautiful setting for its current and beautiful purpose. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the school offers a one-of-a-kind community where those with intellectual disabilities are truly appreciated and respected. Stewart Home currently serves 340 adolescent and adult students who are from 38 different states and 5 different countries. Students have the opportunity to work, go to school, participate in a range of extracurricular and athletic activities, and live life to its fullest!
When Dr. John Quincy Adams Stewart founded Stewart Home & School in 1893 on the campus of his own school, the Kentucky Military Institute, people with intellectual disabilities were often denied an educational opportunity in the public schools. He was a pioneer in the field of special education as he set about to institute a school for people of all ages to be given that opportunity. Over its 126-year history, Stewart Home & School has been owned and directed by five successive generations of the Stewart family. Dr. John Poague Stewart, of the fourth generation, led the school for over 58 years with love, devotion, service, and the continuation of his families’ legacy. Today, Dr. John D. Stewart, Jean Ann Stewart Banker, Cathy Stewart Brown, and Charles W. Stewart, continue the tradition of the school’s remarkable past and extend its dynamic mission into the future. The school continues to provide a campus community for individuals who want to continue to learn and who need a very special educational environment in which to maximize their potential.