|Dear Stevenson Community,
I hope that this letter finds you and your family well as we approach a well-deserved winter holiday. I write to share important news about tuition rates for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Normally, Stevenson’s board of trustees approves tuition rates for the coming academic year in January. This year, owing to the challenging circumstances imposed on us all by the pandemic, we have expedited this process, such that I can provide this annual report about a month or so earlier than is customary.
I am pleased to report that, in consultation with our trustees, we have decided to freeze tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year at the current year’s rates. We appreciate your loyalty to our School through tough times, respect your commitment to our learning community, and feel obligated to do what we can in this moment to lessen the financial burdens many Stevenson families face owing to pandemic-related challenges.
Incidentally, this will mark the sixth consecutive year we have reduced the annual percentage increase to our tuition relative to competitive norms. This achievement is notable given that many independent schools calculate their annual tuition increase by automatically adding 2-3% to the consumer price index (CPI), which will likely be between 2.5-3% in our area this year. For each division, the cost of attending Stevenson thus remains in balance with our peer institutions on the Monterey Peninsula, in California, the West, and the nation--even as our superior benefits become increasingly clear.
Though we strive to get better every day, we remain enthusiastically confident in the value of the Stevenson experience. Our learning community is safe and supportive. Our students work and play hard, and help steward our distinctive culture with great generosity of spirit. Our teachers across all three divisions are caring and collegial, committed to their craft, and take authentic pleasure in helping their students grow as scholars and people.
Since March, when COVID-19 necessitated our pivot to remote instruction, our community has met each new hurdle together, with admirable grit and grace. When we reconvene once more, our School will be even stronger, and we’ll have earned the right to be proud of our priorities, choices, and resolve. As ever, on behalf of all the faculty and staff who commit their lives to this remarkable community, I thank you for your enthusiasm and trust.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Dr. Kevin M. Hicks ‘85 P ‘29