A Message from the President
Whether you are a parent considering our lower and middle divisions for your child, a prospective upper division student exploring Stevenson as the place to bring your talents and dreams, or an alum or other friend of the School, I welcome you to our virtual home.
Our School’s namesake, the 19th century Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, once observed: "Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well." In the wake of our world having been dealt what is proving to be among its poorest hands in this century, in March 2020 our learning community implemented a remarkable pivot to remote instruction in response to state and county guidance. In early April, once prevailing conditions in Monterey County improved and effective COVID-19 vaccines were available, most of our PK-12 students returned to campus instruction. The spring semester was an incredible success across all three divisions—our students and teachers stayed healthy, quickly regained their distinctive spirit, and took nothing for granted. We look forward to welcoming students back in the fall under conditions that we anticipate will be much closer to what we all fondly recall as normal!
It’s worth noting that during our year of remote instruction, students pursued their studies without interruption using a combination of materials distributed in advance and electronically; synchronous and asynchronous classes delivered through a variety of integrated platforms; and extensive one-to-one support from their teachers and other School staff provided by electronic means. By reconstituting significant School rituals and practices across all three divisions—including grounding experiences like regular advisory meetings, weekly assembly, and lower grades’ morning meeting—in virtual forms, we sustained our sense of community. Tremendous credit for our success is owed to our dedicated teachers and the staff members who tirelessly support their work. Our team’s efforts over the past eighteen months have been unrelentingly spirited, creative, optimistic, brave, and collegial. Our surveys of students and their families along the way provided valuable feedback, guiding our continual improvement, and helping us achieve our success.
Throughout the pandemic, our goal was not simply to muddle through, but to excel. This is who we are—in good times, as well as hard times. Ours is a community in which every day, we 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.
Information about applying to Stevenson can be found here. Please take a deep dive into the resources you find on our website, and make arrangements with the admissions office to come visit us!
We wish you and your loved ones peace and good health. We look forward to seeing you in person soon.
Dr. Kevin M. Hicks '85, P ’29