Carmel United States of America
Stevenson School

Thank you for considering Stevenson School.


As a California school enlightened by a global sensibility, Stevenson (also known as RLS, our namesake Robert Louis Stevenson's initials) is premised on a vision of education as the means by which we discover the world and contribute to its transformation, and the belief 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 (which can be translated as "gentle in manner, resolute in action")—inspires humility and perseverance. Our mission includes three aims: to prepare students for success in both school and life beyond school, to foster their passion for learning and achievement, and to help them shape a joyful life.

  • Day school tuition N/A - $43700 USD
  • Grades for day school Pre-K/Reception -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Year founded 1952
  • Boarding school tuition N/A - $68900 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Curricula Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed



Admissions Information

Admissions Process

• Submit general application forms • Take tests • Submit letters of recommendation • Attend an interview.

Entry Requirements

• General application forms • Testing • Recommendations • Interview

Applicant Evaluations

SSAT or ISEE (or PSAT may be substituted for 11th-grade applicants). TOEFL for EFL applicants.

  • First application deadline 1 February, rolling admissions after
  • Second application deadline Rolling
  • Waiting List Yes
  • Application fee (domestic) $75 USD
  • Application fee (international) $75 USD


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support No
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
  • Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP


Use of technology in the classroom

Education Technology Our 1:1 laptop program at the middle and upper divisions allows teachers to incorporate a wide variety of software applications and tools into their curricula. Our students comfortably use computers for writing, labs, games, research and communicating with teachers and peers. Some technology tools in use: Lower division (PK-5) students use Chromebooks and iPads Middle division (6-8) students use MacBooks and iPads Upper division (9-12) students operate under a BYOD ("Bring Your Own Device") model using a variety of devices (Chromebooks, MacBooks, Laptops, iPads etc) As a Google school, we employ most of the GSuite tools. Canvas is our learning management system used to communicate with students regarding all of their academic work. All classrooms are outfitted with modern audio visual equipment. Both campuses have robotics programs and 3-D printers. Technology Support A robust technology infrastructure supports the seamless use of all our technology. Both campuses have a Wi-Fi network that spans the entirety of each campus. A technology support team has offices to assist students and faculty with any computer or mobile device issues encountered. Loaner laptops are available while repairs are being made. Online portals for students, faculty, and parents keep our community connected and informed.

Learning Support

When a student needs more intensive individual support, we work with families and a handful of independent providers to schedule one-on-one services on campus during the academic day. While our relationships with these professionals are not new, we welcome them into our community of learners. Time is allocated into the daily schedule for students in each grade to receive one-on-one support. Interested families are encouraged to reach out now to learn more about these professionals, establish relationships with them, and reserve space for the school year. We strive to support confident learners with a broad range of options. As an extension of the Social Thinking curriculum that we teach, students have the opportunity to participate in Social Thinking lunches with speech and language therapists in a small-group setting. Students eat their lunch together, then work on social and friendship skills in a fun and engaging way. We're truly fortunate to have this wonderful guidance, made possible, in part, by the sponsorship of generous Stevenson families.

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • School start time 08:30
  • School end time 15:05
  • Most common nationality US
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school Yes
  • Uniform required No
  • Average class size 14

Living Accommodations

Residential life is a critical component of upholding a values-driven culture within the Core Leadership California experience. Residential faculty and staff play a key role in supporting students as they create and maintain a culture that honors safety, trust, respect, belonging and inclusion, and that follows all program standards of conduct. Students are paired with one or two roommates, and common spaces allow for bonding time that creates lifelong friendships. Meals are eaten in Stevenson's dining hall, with the exception of special events and travel days. During scheduled open times, Core Leadership California students have supervised access to the Stevenson pool and gym, and are able to walk the beautiful campus grounds.

School Lunch

Wondering what's for lunch today? All Stevenson community members can now download the FLiK Dining application from the Apple App Store or on Android's Google Play. Whether using an Android or iOS device, open the application store and search for "FLiK Dining" to download the application whose icon matches the thumbnail on this post. Menus are also available through the FLiK Dining link on the News of the Week page (NOW) on the Stevenson website.

Sports Teams

Baseball, 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

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes
  • Percent that pursue university 100