Stevenson has an excellent system of support for its students, and your child will be guided along the way by a team of committed, caring adults whose goal is your student's success and happiness.
The Advisory Program is an important part of the Stevenson experience as it matches each student with a faculty member who serves as the student's mentor. The Advisor also plays an important role for parents as they become your point person for questions and concerns.
What kind of role models will your child have? There are 66 teaching faculty members at Stevenson, half of whom live on campus with their families. Fifty-five percent of our faculty have advanced degrees and we are proud to report that 33% of our teachers have had a tenure of ten years or more.
Student leaders also play an important role in creating the atmosphere of trust and responsibility that is Stevenson. Our comprehensive Student Leadership Program includes the Student Council, Class Officers, Resident Council, Prefect System, Green Key Tour Guide Society, club and athletic captains and more.
Safety & Wellness
Stevenson's campus security provides supervision 365 days a year. Dormitories are locked each night. Resident faculty members and campus security officers are available in case of emergencies 24-hours a day.
Surrounded by pristine golf courses, a scenic coastline and the Del Monte Forest, Stevenson is located in the heart of Pebble Beach, a gated community accessible by secured gate access only.
Health and Wellness
What happens when my child gets sick or needs medication?
Stevenson has a nurse on duty in the Health Center from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the school week and a nurse on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The nurse's office is set up like a mini-infirmary so the students who feel sick during class time can lie down under the nurse's watchful eye. You will find that the Stevenson staff can do a very effective job of taking excellent care of most illnesses and injuries; however, students will be taken to Monterey Bay Urgent Care, Doctors on Duty, or the emergency room at Community Hospital when necessary.
Tutoring and Counseling
Our Director of Counseling Resources is available to arrange tutoring and counseling for students as needed. The director maintains a list of recommended tutors who come to campus to work with students. She will work with families to develop a tutoring program which meets each student's needs. Students can enroll in Study Skills, offered by the resource center. The director can set up counseling sessions for students. Students are also allowed to speak with our campus Chaplain.
Peer counseling is also available for 9th graders through Community Forum. In this required 9th grade course, students learn the routes to wise decision making. Topics of discussion include substance abuse, sexuality, peer relations, and personal and community standards; the class also involves a retreat undertaken at the outset of the year. Senior leaders work with the Dean of Students to lead this class.
What guidelines will govern your child's day-to-day life as a boarding student and who will mentor your child in the dorm?
Stevenson is home to 33 faculty members and their families who are here to provide a home away from home for all our resident students. A team of Dorm Parents, student prefects, and advisors help to foster an atmosphere of trust, responsibility, and compassion in the dorms. Stevenson has an excellent system of support for its students, and your child will be guided along the way by a team of committed, caring adults whose goal is your student's success and happiness. These people are resources for you as well as for your student and can help you solve any kind of problem, or direct you to someone who can. Click here to learn more about residential life at Stevenson.
A number of resident routines provide guidance and structure for boarding students each day:
- Nightly supervised study halls from 7:15-9:45, Sunday through Thursday
- Nightly dinner check-ins with dorm faculty (including weekends)
- Daily room clean checks, Monday-Saturday
- Formal Monday Night Dinner with residential faculty and families (family style)
Weekends at Stevenson can be relaxed or activity-filled as Stevenson's ideal location gives students a variety of weekend options including opportunities for outdoor education trips, on-campus activities, Resident Council-sponsored events or the weekend bus service providing hourly transportation around the Monterey Peninsula. Click here for a detailed list of weekend activities.
Staying involved with your child
Want to surprise your child for a weekend or even just for dinner? At Stevenson we believe in family choice. While your child will have numerous activities from which to choose, you are always welcome on our campus.
- Leaving Campus on the Weekend: Every 5th weekend all resident students remain on campus for a community weekend. However, other weekends are open and you and your child can decide how to spend the weekend. Your child is always welcome to participate in weekend activities, but if they decide to leave campus for the weekend, they can only do so with your permission.
Whether you live close by or far away from Stevenson, we want you to be connected to the Stevenson Community. There are a number of ways to stay involved in your child's life at Stevenson including joining the Pirate Parent Club, coordinating Stevenson family gatherings in your area, being a PPC class sponsor, or even writing for the PPC Newsletter.
The Pirate Parent Club (PPC), a parent-run volunteer organization, works to enhance the student experience and to promote understanding and cooperation among Stevenson families, administration, and faculty. The PPC produces a monthly newsletter and organizes a varitey of activities to help parents stay involved in campus life. Regular newsletters are password protected to respect the privacy of our students and families. However, please contact the Admission Office if you would like to be put in touch with a parent.
Parents have a unique perspective on their children's experiences at school. These observations were written by parents of students who are attending or have recently graduated from Stevenson School.
"You never know what’s going to happen when you pack your teenager off
to boarding school three thousand miles away, even though Molly had
already decided that Stevenson was her dream school and that was where
her talents and dreams would be nurtured best. She was absolutely
right. Stevenson has been the perfect fit for Molly and she has grown
leaps and bounds in her intellectual appetite, self-reliance,
confidence, and outlook on the world and life in general. She has
emerged as an academic standout, her golf has flourished as a member of
the varsity golf team and she has expanded her horizons in theater,
radio, and as an online ambassador and blogger for Stevenson School.
Molly loves her teachers and feels very engaged and in charge of her
learning. We are impressed with the caliber of the faculty and staff
and the level of care and support at Stevenson is unparalleled. Our
daughter is happy—with her academics, athletics, activities, social
life— and so are we. Sending Molly to Stevenson was one of the best
decisions we ever made."
Euna Kwon and Bill Brossman, parents of Molly '11
"There are many outstanding schools in the world. So what makes Stevenson School such a special place? ... Beyond the quality of the faculty, it's the connection they have with the students that is unlike anything I have ever experienced in my own early academic career. Nowhere have I observed such a positive, supportive, and informal relationship between the teachers and students as I have seen at Stevenson. This special connection between student and teacher is remarkable in many dimensions. ..." Read more
as Warren Anderson, parent of Alisa '10,
gives a parent's perspective of what's unique about Stevenson.
"I have two children currently at Stevenson who are distinctly different individuals, each with their own learning style. I am delighted that they have each been challenged, followed their passions, and have been offered opportunites often not available in other environments. Stevenson has embraced each for the unique individual that they are, and guided them to be highly productive young adults. The preparation for the next steps in their academic careers have been second to none." Debbie, parent of Zack '09 and Abby '10
"My husband and I are so grateful to the Stevenson staff and teachers for their dedication to Annie and David and all of the student population. It is a time in a teenager's life where a parent hopes their child will feel safe and secure and get the most out of school. I can't thank each member of the Stevenson "family" enough for such a happy experience." Read more
as Lisa, mother of David '02 and Annie '04,
outlines several life changing experiences shared by her children during their time at Stevenson.
"As parents of two sons at Stevenson, we have been tremendously pleased with the level of academic challenges our boys have had and the personal growth that has occurred along the way. The variety of extracurricular activites has given them both opportunities to try a new activity from a new sport to a leadership position. Our eldest son, a senior, enjoys his classes because his peers share the same level of curiosity and desire to learn, which creates a stimulating classroom experience! Our younger son, a freshman, has grown so much in his confidence and not only improved his grades, but excelled in water polo, a sport he took on for the first time this year. The opportunities are endless and the quality of their friends/peers has proven to be a big plus during the high school experience. Each student can find their place at Stevenson. Thank you, faculty, for providing a stimulating classroom environment!"
Tina and Mark, parents of Jack '09 and Beau'12