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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I qualified to apply to Stevenson School?

If you are a motivated eighth-grade or ninth-grade student preparing to attend a college or university, then you should apply for admission to Stevenson. If you are already in grade 10 or 11 and have a strong academic record, you may want to consider applying to Stevenson as a transfer.

How do I start my application?

There are two steps for you to apply to Stevenson:

1. Fill out our online inquiry form, so that we can correspond with you, send you a brochure, and provide useful information about Stevenson School.

2. Apply using the Standard Application Online. Stevenson requires that all students apply using the Standard Application Online (SAO), managed by SSAT. The SSAT website contains detailed instructions for completing the application, as well as schedules and tutorials.

Please give us a call at 831-625-8300 if you have any questions along the way!

When should I begin the application process?

Applications completed by February 1 will receive priority consideration. We recommend that you start your application in the early fall to best position yourself to meet the February 1 deadline.

What if I'm an international student?

Because Stevenson doesn't offer English as a Second Language, all international students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. Therefore, if you're applying for grade 9 or 10, you must submit the SSAT; if you're applying for grade 11 or 12, you must submit the PSAT or the SAT. All international students MUST submit official TOEFL scores in addition to SSAT, PSAT or SAT scores.

If you need a student visa, we will issue you an I-20 form only after you have accepted enrollment and have returned your enrollment agreement and the enrollment fee.

What is considered a completed application?

Stevenson's Admission Board considers an application complete when we have received the following:

  • Your formal application (containing biographical information) and the application fee.
  • Parent Statement completed by your parents.
  • Recommendations from your current English and math teachers, as well as a recommendation from your current principal or counselor
  • An official transcript—sent by your school—that has your historical grades from the 2018-19 school year and the current 2019-20 first semester/trimester grades (your Registrar should include, with your grade report, all standardized testing you have completed).
  • A candidate essay (note: this should not be a repurposed school assignment).
  • The Stevenson Supplement, containing questions to help us get to know you, personally, and understand how you express your ideas in writing.
  • A personal interview with a member of the Stevenson admission team.
  • Your score results from the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), PSAT, or the SAT (the SSAT is the required test for Grade 9 and 10 applicants).
  • International students must also submit official TOEFL iBT (preferred) or IELTS scores in addition to SSAT, PSAT or SAT scores.

What is the SSAT?

The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is widely used by independent schools to assess a candidate's academic potential. If you are applying to several schools that require the SSAT, you can have the test results sent to those schools by putting each school's name and code on the answer sheet. Stevenson's school code is 6082. The test is administered at locations all over the world six times each year. You should look for a test center close to your home. If you would like to receive priority consideration for admission to Stevenson, you should take the SSAT in December or January.

When will I know if I've been accepted?

On March 10 we correspond with families regarding the first admission decisions, and the next admission decisions are communicated whenever applications are completed and have been reviewed by Stevenson's Admission Board. If you're admitted to Stevenson, we assume that you will successfully complete your current school year.

Why is it important that I visit Stevenson?

Campus visits are highly recommended. They serve as an opportunity to observe and experience a typical day in the life of a Stevenson student. During your visit, you'll also have the chance to interview with a member of the Admission Office and ask questions directly related to your interests. 

To make an appointment, call the Admission Office at 831-625-8300 or email us at We schedule visits for Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; thank you for having several dates in mind before you call. If you are already familiar with Stevenson, you may interview after 2:00 p.m. We also recommend that you check our Stevenson in Your Area page to see if a Stevenson representative will be traveling to a location near you; this may be very helpful if you live a great distance from campus. If all of the above options are unavailable to you, we can also schedule an interview via Skype.