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Dear Prospective Student and Family:

We expect students and families, when choosing a school, to ask the question, "Why Stevenson?" As you browse the websites of many excellent independent schools in the United States and abroad, you will see many similar descriptions. What makes Stevenson different?

Stevenson is a healthy place to go to school: physically, socially, and emotionally. We, of course, believe that we provide an outstanding experience in the classroom, in an unrivaled setting. The Monterey Peninsula inspires quiet contemplation and a reflective approach to life due to the proximity of the ocean, the temperate climate, and the surrounding comfort of the Del Monte Forest. How many other schools can offer the ocean and the forest as part of the classroom experience every day of the year?? Where else can you take a course in marine biology and spend your lab period exploring tide pools or animal behavior at the world’s finest aquarium? Where else can you study in a location that has inspired great works of art and literature, or complete your Physical Education requirements with surfing, sailing, mountain biking, kayaking, and climbing in addition to the full range of competitive interscholastic sports? All this is possible at Stevenson, a special school within relatively easy reach of the resources that San Francisco, one of the world’s great cities, can provide.

Where else can you take a course in marine biology and spend your lab period exploring tide pools or animal behavior at the
world’s finest aquarium?

Our academic program guides students in the acquisition of conceptual knowledge and habits of mind that are essential for them to thrive, whatever their future direction. Our teachers are committed to ongoing examination of not only what they teach but, more importantly, how and why they teach it. The student experience is at the heart of everything we do here, of every decision we make. In addition to challenging students with traditional subjects, we also pay attention to a broader range of essential skills. For example, at Stevenson, we don’t assume that adolescents innately know how to lead: leadership is a learned skill that develops through mentorship, experience, and reflection. Stevenson helps students nurture such skills through summer programs and extensive training that empowers them to have a positive impact on those around them and the spaces they share. Our boarding program promotes the development of cultural competency skills that are essential in our interconnected world. Stevenson School is a community populated by residents from 17 states and 23 countries; we, therefore, strive to create classrooms and living spaces that embrace empathy, curiosity, and the importance of a sense of belonging.

Stevenson is a wonderful place to go to school: there is a special feel when you walk onto campus, made possible by the dedication of the faculty and staff, the kindness of the student body, and the inspiring natural environment. I hope what you see and read on the website draws you to come and feel this in person.

Warmly,

Dr. Dan Griffiths
Head of the Upper Division


Stevenson is a wonderful place to go to school: there is a special feel when you walk onto campus, made possible by the dedication of the faculty and staff, the kindness of the student body, and the inspiring natural environment. I hope what you see and read on the website draws you to come and feel this in person.