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A Message from the Head of the Upper Division

Our experience this fall has reaffirmed what we have long known: school is about much more than what we learn inside a classroom. 

Synchronous remote instruction—with a daily schedule adjusted to allow all students to participate in live classes—has ensured our students the outstanding education for which Stevenson is well known. But they miss the camaraderie of learning in the physical presence of their friends, which affords moments of connection between classes, short but memorable conversations in the dining hall and in the dormitories, and opportunities to perform together, both on stage and as athletes wearing Pirate green. Stevenson’s deepest traditions are about these connections. While our students and teachers have shown remarkable resilience, and an unshakeable commitment to the value of a broad and rich education, we all know that there is something irreplaceable about being together.

Nature teaches us that disruption leads to innovation. Problems arise, and require thoughtful, sustainable solutions. In the face of the pandemic, we have risen to this challenge. Having stuck together throughout this unprecedented challenge, we are confident that we will soon emerge stronger for the experience. 

In the past few years, Stevenson’s upper division has evolved through innovation inspired by our students’ needs. We have adjusted our daily schedule, pushed back the start of the school day, and increased the choice available in our curriculum, with elective programs extended in our science and English departments. Our new integrated science program in grades 9 and 10 has led to 20% more students accessing our most challenging classes by junior year, and over 90% of our seniors take a fourth year of science. We have implemented methods of assessing learning that surpass tests and final exams, reducing our reliance on the kind of high-stakes testing that research demonstrates does little more than produce needless stress. We continue to emphasize the importance of our mission’s most distinctive tenet, namely “learning how to shape a joyful life.” 

More information about our approach to remote instruction can be found here. Our plans to protect community health and safety once we return to campus instruction are available here. I invite you to explore this site to get a sense of who we are, and learn what makes Stevenson such a special place.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dan Griffiths
Head of the Upper Division

Dr. Dan Griffiths

Dr. Dan Griffiths
Head of the Upper Division