Residential Life: A Home Away from Home
Stevenson’s seven-day boarding program is warm and welcoming, and provides resident students with a strong sense of connection within the larger community of the School.
Deeply committed to residential life, the faculty members selected to live in our dormitories really understand adolescents, relish living among them, and welcome being a part of their lives. Each team of dormitory faculty, which varies in number relative to the size of the dormitory, is supervised by a dormitory head; daily and weekly duty assignments rotate among the team members.
Prefects are seniors and juniors who have been carefully selected on the basis of their generosity of spirit and exemplary approach to the academic and social demands of School life. They live among their peers, are alert to their needs, and help care for their well-being. Working in close concert with dormitory faculty, they help tend to community life within the dormitory.
Traditions and Weekend Activities
- Residential life at Stevenson is enlivened by a range of inclusive traditions, like dorm dinners and dessert gatherings, outdoor movies, Dorm Olympics, Monday Night Dinner (which involves sitting at assigned tables with peers and faculty members and wearing semi-formal dress), Senior Coffees, and Vespers, an occasional evening service for the residential community during which one or two students or faculty members volunteer prepared remarks about personal experiences. The student-led Resident Activities Committee helps facilitate these traditions and designs new ones with the input of their peers.
- We believe in the restorative value of weekends, so while there are a number of weekend activities from which to choose, students are generally free to move at their own pace. A leisurely brunch may precede some light chores (like laundry and vacuuming!) and homework, which may then yield to a hike with friends to Bird Rock, a bus ride to Carmel Beach or to Del Monte Center to see a movie, or pick-up basketball in the gym. With the permission of parents/guardians, a student may also accept a day student family’s invitation to join them for dinner and to spend the night at their home.