Tier Two (Don't Delete)

A Message from the President

Whether you are an alum or other old friend of the school, a parent considering our lower and middle divisions for your child, or a prospective student exploring the upper division as the place to bring your talents and dreams, it is a privilege to welcome you to our virtual home.

As a California school enlightened by a global sensibility, Stevenson (also known as RLS, our namesake Robert Louis Stevenson's initials) is premised on a vision of education as the means by which we discover the world and contribute to its transformation, and the belief that one’s education is best pursued in the company of others, for others’ benefit as well as one’s own. Our Latin motto—Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re (which can be translated as “gentle in manner, resolute in action”)—inspires humility and perseverance. Our mission includes three aims: to prepare students for success in both school and life beyond school, to foster their passion for learning and achievement, and to help them shape a joyful life.

Our community is one in which every day, we all do our best to joyfully mind the gap between what we are and what we wish to be, and to do our world some measure of good as we help each other get better.

When I arrived on the Pebble Beach campus as a high school freshman more than thirty-five years ago, I came—as my classmates did, as many others before us had, and as our students still do—eager to learn from stellar teachers and peers; to make lifelong friends in classes, performances, clubs, and athletics; and to discover something of the world and my place in it. That we were mostly ready to meet the challenges we found and were caringly supported along the way by a constellation of advisors didn’t mean that every day was easy. Rather, it meant that every day mattered, that most days were infused with joy, and that we almost always had good reason to believe that we were and would always be part of something bigger than ourselves.

Now as then, to come to Stevenson means to dream big and master the art of the possible; to define and pursue excellence free of perfectionism; to learn how to work well alone and together; to become brave; to stay humble; and to discover that character and wisdom must finally be realized in decisive and often collaborative action.

Across our lower, middle, and upper divisions, our students and teachers are inspired by our core values of safety, trust, respect, belonging, and inclusion. Our community is one in which every day, we all do our best to joyfully mind the gap between what we are and what we wish to be, and to do our world some measure of good as we help each other get better.

I am as proud to be a Stevenson graduate as I am to be a Stevenson parent (Zuleika ‘29), and my wife Cornelia and I are equally thrilled by the opportunity to serve this unique learning community. On behalf of our students, faculty, and staff, I encourage you to explore this website, and look forward to welcoming you when you visit.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kevin M. Hicks '85


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Now as then, to come to Stevenson means to dream big and master the art of the possible; to define and pursue excellence free of perfectionism; to learn how to work well alone and together; to become brave; to stay humble; and to discover that character and wisdom must finally be realized in decisive and often collaborative action.