Stevenson School

5.00 5 1 (9 reviews)
3152 Forest Lake Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-625-8309
  • Stevenson School is a selective, co-ed college preparatory school for 500 boarding and day students, nestled securely within the world-renowned coastal community of Pebble Beach, California.
  • Named after storyteller and adventurer Robert Louis Stevenson, the school embraces his independent spirit by valuing challenge, creativity, curiosity, responsibility, and self-expression in all of its pursuits.
  • Rigorous academics are the core of Stevenson’s program—with a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, average class size of 14, and 1:1 advisory program.
  • Emphasizing critical thinking and inquiry-based learning, we offer 23 Advanced Placement classes, including BC Calculus, Chinese, Environmental Science, Art History—just to name a few.
  • With 100% student college acceptance rate, our trained College Center staff guides students to the right college that best fits their interests and strengths.
  • Last year, one hundred thirty-one students received 578 college acceptances.
  • We offer three theatrical main stage productions a year and eight instrumental and vocal musical troupes; art classes ranging from painting, sculpture, and drawing to digital art, architecture, and fashion; ballet, jazz, and modern dance instruction, as well as the largest student-run radio station in the Western United States (KSPB 91.9).
  • With 24 spirited and competitive interscholastic teams – including football, lacrosse, golf, water polo, soccer, field hockey, sailing, baseball, volleyball and much more - students can excel at a favorite sport and are welcome to try a new one.
  • Our professional coaching staff is student-focused and values sportsmanship above all else—and teams bring home local, regional, and state championships.
  • Our 500 students maintain a community of respect, diversity, and friendships that last a lifetime--with a ratio of 60% boarding and 40% day, representing 25 countries and 19 states.
  • And no matter where our students are from—Singapore, Kazakhstan, Mexico, or just around the corner--we prepare them to go to amazing places.
  • What will your life’s story be? Read our stories at stories.stevensonschool.org; visit us at www.stevensonschool.org.

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    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   9/24/2013
    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. . .

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars   7/8/2010
    NYU
    My favorite parts about Stevenson are the beach near-by and the friendly environment. When I was at Stevenson, I walked or ran down to the beach at least three times a week. The view down. . .

  • Class of 2007
    5 Stars   7/8/2010
    Harvard College
    Stevenson has a uniquely warm and comforting environment - something I felt the first time I stepped on campus to visit the school. The students are friendly and the teachers are caring; the campus. . .

  • Class of 2006
    5 Stars   8/13/2007
    Vanderbilt University
    Stevenson is located in Pebble Beach, which is a beautiful environment that strengthens the experience of being a resident student. It is hard not to look around the forests and the. . .
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2016 School Data
Stevenson School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) Pre-K-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1952 1910
Campus Size 60 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 750 students 298 students
% Students of Color
36%
20%
% International Students
25%
20%
% Students Boarding
60%
68%
Average SAT Score 1866 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1730 - 1980 -
Average ACT score 28 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 14 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:10 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 23 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
63%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $31 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,800 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,200 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 1 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 68% -
Acceptance Rate
43%
57%
Director of AdmissionsBernadette Sotak

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 21 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 52 23
ExtracurricularsABC Club, American Field Service, Amnesty International Club, Badminton Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Cycling Club, Dance Club, Dream Theater Club, Environment Club, European Car Club, Fantasy Book Club, Federation of Jewish Intellectuals, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fencing Club, Flash Animation Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Green Key Club, Interact Club, Interactive Music, International Club, Investment Club, Japanese Animation, Jazz Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 2007 - 2011 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University 33
University of Southern California 23
Boston University 21
University of California, Santa Barbara 19
University of California, Berkeley 17
University of California, Santa Cruz 15
University of Colorado at Boulder 15
University of Arizona 14
University of California, Davis 14
University of California, Los Angeles 13
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Stevenson offers an exceptional educational opportunity at a boarding school in the most picturesque part of California. Stevenson's educational philosophy may be different from that of any other school you are considering. Our approach to education starts with you. You are here to prepare for your college years—so work constantly to sharpen your mind, to expand your academic knowledge, and to stretch your intellectual reach. In the meantime, remember that you are more than an academic machine. We want you to love learning and achievement—but we also want you to love the arts, nature, recreation, friends and your own evolving perspective on the world. Respect yourself, and respect everyone else whose life touches yours. We believe that if you can meet these requirements—within an environment as beautiful as Stevenson's, and among people as intelligent and congenial as the ones here—your high school years will turn out to be more fulfilling than you had ever expected.
  • School accreditations: Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Paul Saffo '72 - Forecaster and Essayist, Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, CA
    • Chris Flavin '73 - President, World Watch Inc., Washington, D.C.
    • Carie Crandall '79 - Managing Director, New York Stock Exchange, Palo Alto, CA
    • David Drummond '81 - Chief Counsel, Google Inc., Mountain View, CA
    • Cynthia Chapman '83 - Attorney/Partner, Caddell & Chapman, Houston, TX
    • Ms. Shea Pepper '90 - Creative Director, BBC America, New York, NY
    • Emily Chan '92 - Director, Doctors Without Borders, Hong Kong, HK
    • Sylvain White '93 - Film Director,
    • Jonathan Ferrantelli '97 - Post Production Film,
    • Robert Grube '04 - Member, 2007 NCAA Golf Championship Team, Stanford University
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