Stevenson School

3152 Forest Lake Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Founded in 1952, Stevenson School is a selective coeducational PK-12 boarding and day school with 750 students.
Our mission includes three aims: to prepare students for success in school and life beyond school, to foster their passion for learning and achievement, and to help them shape a joyful life.
The 500-student upper division, comprising grades 9-12, is located in Pebble Beach, where about 60% of students reside in six faculty-supervised dormitories.
The lower and middle divisions, totaling about 250 students in grades PK-8, are located in Carmel.
As a California school enlightened by a global sensibility, Stevenson is premised on a vision of education as the means by which we discover the world and contribute to its transformation.
We believe that one's education is best pursued in the company of others, for others' benefit as well as one's own.
Our Latin motto-Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re ("Gentle in manner, resolute in deed")-inspires humility and perseverance.
Stevenson offers a values-driven community experience influenced by the distinctive natural beauty, ecological biodiversity, and contemplative culture of California's Central Coast.

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  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Stevenson University
    Every teacher is always accessible and they are always friendly. I felt so at home there. They also have a counseling center where they take ideas from students about how to improve the school psychologically. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Elon University
    Stevenson is a stunning atmosphere both beauty and quality of life. The school is situated in Pebble Beach, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. However, the scenery is not the most beautiful part about Stevenson. The. . .

  • Class of 2013
    5 Stars  
    Santa Clara University
    The most striking thing about Stevenson School is the immense support system at so many different levels. No matter what issues you may face, there is the exact person you need to help you there. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Stevenson SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19521907
Campus Size50 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment500 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1346* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1230 - 1480-
Average ACT score29*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio10:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2218
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$48 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$48,200
(Boarding: $48,200; Day: $28,000)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsBernadette Sotak

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2216
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo


Total Extracurricular Organizations3323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
American Sign Languge Club (ASL), Asian/Asian American Student Union (A/AASU), Black Student Union (BSU), Business Club, Christian Club, Continental Mathematics League: CML, Dogs of Stevenson, Future Problem Solving Club, Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Green Key Student Ambassadors, History Club, Junior State of America, LatinX Student Union (LSU), Mock Trial, Model United Nations (Model UN), Nanoseed Club, Philanthropy Club, Prefects, Resident Activities Committee, Senior Forum, Spyglass (Yearbook), Student Council, Tusitala (Newspaper), Vailima (art and literary magazine), Wilderness Expedition Leader

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Chorus, Dance, KSPB Radio, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Theater, Theater Tech

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • At Stevenson, education is grounded in meaning, purpose, and joy. Our community is guided by core values of safety, trust, respect, belonging, and inclusion.
  • Our students learn to set and pursue ambitious goals while maintaining balance and developing an authentic understanding of success.
  • Our academic program provides challenge, inspiration, and ample support for all students.
  • Our athletics program is values-driven, competitive, and welcoming. 
  • As one of the nation's best PK-12 boarding and day schools, Stevenson provides all students with remarkable advantages tied to the breadth and depth of its program. 
  • To support its goal of reflecting diversity in its student body, Stevenson provides financial aid to as many qualified students as possible who could not otherwise afford a Stevenson education. All financial aid awards are based exclusively on financial need.
  • Stevenson School accreditations: California Association of Independent Schools; Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Profile last updated: 11/11/2020

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