Stevenson School

5.00 5 1 (11 reviews)
3152 Forest Lake Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
  • 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; visit us at

Alumni Reviews
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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
 | 2020 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
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19521907
Campus Size60 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment750 students310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1330* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score28*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size14 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:101:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2318
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$31 million$23 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT68%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsBernadette Sotak

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2116
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


Total Extracurricular Organizations5224
ExtracurricularsABC Club, American Field Service, Amnesty International Club, Blue Notes (A Cappella - Girls), Breakfast Bible Study, Chess Team, Computer Club, Cycling Club, Dance Club, Debate Society, Environment Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fencing Club, Hunger Education and Response Training Council (H.E.A.R.T.), Jewish Union, Multi-Ethnic Club Cultural Awareness (M.E.C.C.A.), PANGAEA (Diversity), Paumonak (Student Arts Journal), Peer Mediators, Physics and Engineering Club, Prefect Board, Resident Advisors, Rules and Discipline Committee, Scholar Bowl, Science Bowl, Skeet Club, SPIRITUALS, String Orchestra, Student Rock Bands, TEPS, The Tweeds (male a capella), Theatre and the Arts, Vailima, Yearbook, Young CEO's Club

Club or Organization:
Alumni Committee, Chess Club, Dream Theater Club, Driven, Earthshine, European Car Club, Fantasy Book Club, Federation of Jewish Intellectuals, International Awareness Club, International Christian Fellowship (I.C.F.), Kayaking, Multicultural Student Union, Outdoor Skills, Student Vestry, The Dames (female a capella), The Tabard Inn (Senior Discussion Club)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2007 - 201110 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University33
University of Southern California23
Boston University21
University of California, Santa Barbara19
University of California, Berkeley17
University of California, Santa Cruz15
University of Colorado at Boulder15
University of Arizona14
University of California, Davis14
University of California, Los Angeles13
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.
  • Stevenson 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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