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Residential Life

Living well with one another.

Our dormitories are places of shelter, safety, rest, study, spontaneous fun, and leisure. They are also places where our students learn to mature intellectually, emotionally, and physically, and live well with others in order to prepare for, most imminently, the greater liberty of college life. Living well with one another in close quarters depends upon respect for our rules, as well as sensitivity, patience, and effective communication.

Together, as a community, we strive to:

  • Instill good habits of self-discipline, self-sufficiency, hard work and time-management.
  • Provide the space, time, quiet and support for students to grow in profound ways, both academically and personally.
  • Hold students accountable, with the courage to accept responsibility for their decisions and actions.
  • Celebrate students in success and support them in disappointment.
  • Create a home where students of all backgrounds, from across the country and around the world, feel connected, respected, and appreciated.
  • Value multi-generational relationships where adults model intellectual curiosity, empathy, balance, and the values of our community.
  • Play together.

Read more about what it's like to be a boarder at Stevenson here or by clicking the image below.

“There is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy.”

–Robert Louis Stevenson

Community Structure

We have seven dormitories (Atwood, Wilson/Treasure Island, Silverado, Day Boys/Day Girls, and Barrows/Douglas). Large common rooms connect the boys' and girls' wings in coed dorms so that social time can be spent together with everyone enjoying surprise bagel breakfasts or pizza parties thrown by the prefects.

Resident faculty and their families live in each dorm, creating a familial, warm environment. They are available to help with homework, connect with students after games and activities, share meals, and support those students who may struggle with the occasional bout of homesickness or an illness.

Prefects are faculty-selected junior and senior students who have earned a leadership role in the dorm . They help maintain the health and harmony of the community by providing support and guidance to their fellow students and by working with the faculty to plan activities and sustain processes that allow Stevenson to run smoothly.

Dorm Life

A typical day in the life of a resident student begins with breakfast in Reid Dining Hall. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m., so there's time for a morning jog, a walk along the beach, surfing, or a quick shower. 

Students can go to their rooms during free periods and after school to change before sports. 

Monday night dinners require formal attire and are followed by vespers in the chapel about once a month. Study hall begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. After study hall, students can gather in the common rooms, hang out in their room with friends, or continue studying. Lights out depends on grade level.

Be sure to visit our Student Blogs to hear from boarding students about their experiences.

Weekend Activities

Weekends at Stevenson are an opportunity for students to try new things, explore the area, or just relax on campus. We are down the road from downtown Monterey and Carmel, three hours from the cultural resources of San Francisco, and only 25 miles from the outdoor opportunities of Los Padres National Forest.

Weekend activities are planned by Student Council, by Stevenson’s activity director, by classes, by dorm heads (for resident students), by the Resident Activities Committee (RAC), and often by groups of friends. Stevenson also provides a shuttle into Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove, so students can enjoy going to the movies, shopping, stopping at a coffee shop, or participating in local events.

Click here to view the latest weekend activities schedule.

Student Resources

End-of-Year Move-Out Information

Click here for more information.

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