How to Apply: Upper Division
We invite the boldest and bravest young adults to explore their potential for greatness. Our school is, first, a place where we become citizens of the world together and, second, a place for young people to learn how to successfully transition into the academic and social demands of college and life beyond. Students at all levels are encouraged to exceed their own expectations, to expand their notion of what’s possible, and to chase their passions with hunger and integrity. In return, we are committed to preparing students for a full, rewarding life marked by academic, personal and professional excellence.
Step By Step Guidelines
- Step 1: Request Information
- Step 2: Start Your Application
- Step 3: Visit Our Campus
- Step 4: Complete Required Testing
- Step 5: Check Your Application Status
Let us know you're interested in Stevenson, and we'll prepare a packet of information that will be mailed straight to you. You'll receive a view book, our college and university acceptance brochure, contact information, and updates from our admission team.
Applicants to Stevenson must complete the SSAT Standard Application On Line (SAO). If you are applying to multiple schools, be sure to check which schools accept the SAO.
Stevenson's priority deadline is February 1. Candidates who have completed the application by February 1 will receive an admission decision by March 10. Stevenson will consider applications until enrollment is full, at which time students can apply for the wait list. After the February 1 deadline, interested students are encouraged to email us or call 831-625-8309 to learn about possible openings.
Campus Visits and On Campus Interviews
Contact us to arrange a campus visit and interview by calling the admission office at 831-625-8309 or email us. Campus visits are available Monday through Friday when classes are in session. During your visit you will take a campus tour with one of our students, interview with a member of the Admission Office staff, participate in a class, and have the chance to learn about the programs that are of particular interest to you. In April, accepted students are invited to return for a second visit that will include attending a half day of classes.
Our annual Preview Day and Open House are also great opportunities to visit campus and experience Stevenson. Please visit our Preview Days page for more information and to RSVP.
Off Campus Interviews
Off campus interviews may be arranged if a member of our Admission Office is traveling to your area. Please see the Stevenson in Your Area section of our website for the latest information on our travels.
For students unable to visit campus, Skype interviews are offered while school is in session, Monday through Friday, at several times throughout the day. Please have several dates and times in mind, then contact our office to schedule a Skype interview.
Candidates from China requesting interviews are required to contact our affiliate in China - Vericant - which will conduct preliminary interviews and writing samples and share these with Stevenson’s Admission Office to review. Candidates will then be selected by the School for formal interviews. To learn more about Vericant, please visit the Vericant website.
Overseas candidates are cautioned that Stevenson employs no organization to represents its interests outside the continental United States. While Stevenson School has a warm relationship with a number of reputable consulting agencies who will refer candidates to the School, no agency can guarantee that their candidate will be admitted to our School. No agency has permission to use Stevenson's images or information for the purpose of marketing that agency without Stevenson's permission.
Stevenson does have an affiliation with Vericant, which conducts a pre-interview screening process for the School in China, but Vericant does not represent candidates and does not claim to offer an advantage to the candidate during the application process.
All applicants to Stevenson School are required to take a standardized admission test. For priority consideration, applicants need to complete the admission test no later than early February in the year in which they are applying.
- SSAT (6082)
- ISEE (570943)
- TOEFL iBT (8081)
Applicants to Grade 9 or 10
Students may take either:
Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) – Preferred
Applicants to Grade 11 or 12
Applicants may submit results from the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in lieu of the SSAT or ISEE.
International Student Applicants
Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet based (TOEFL iBT) or International Language Testing
Since Stevenson does not offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) program, all candidates must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English.
Applicants living outside of the US may request to be exempt from the TOEFL iBT if they meet all of the following requirements:
The applicant must:
- Speak English as his or her first language at home
- Have attended a school for at least three years where the primary language of instruction was English
- Demonstrate English fluency on the SSAT or ISEE
To request exemption from TOEFL iBT, an applicant must submit the TOEFL Exemption Form (see below), SSAT or ISEE scores, and a writing sample to the Admission Board for review.
Submit your TOEFL Exemption Request by email to email@example.com in PDF (.pdf) or WORD (.doc) format. The subject line must read “TOEFL Exemption Request: Student’s Full Name.” The Admission Board will review your request and respond to you within two weeks of receiving the form.
Follow Up on Outstanding Application Materials
Use the Stevenson Admission Portal to check if we have received the following:
- Student Profile, Parent Statement, Student Essay
- English Recommendation, Mathematics Recommendation and Principal/Guidance Counselor Recommendation
- Transcripts (Required transcripts consist of your historical grades from the 2016-2017 school year and the current 2017-2018 first semester/trimester grades. Your Registrar should include, with your grade report, all standardized testing you have completed.)
- Standardized test results (Refer to Step 4, above)
- Stevenson Supplement
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