Our Educational Philosophy
At Stevens, our academic approach is based upon four pillars: progressive teaching and learning, community, diversity and equity, and continuous improvement. The learning environment is challenging, exciting, and student-centered. Our classrooms serve as laboratories for creative thinking, analysis, and communication. All children are active participants in their learning, feel valued, and are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions. In addition to intellectual rigor, we emphasize work habits, organizational skills, global thinking, and emotional intelligence. Students understand the purpose of being both creators and critical consumers of the information they see, read, and learn about in and out of school. As a result of our robust program, our students are self-motivated, socially and emotionally competent, have a strong sense of identity, and exhibit the qualities outlined in our Portrait of a Graduate.
Teachers at Stevens serve as guides and facilitators who engage students by posing questions, creating authentic and purposeful learning experiences, providing opportunities for critical thinking, modeling, mentoring, and supporting inquiry and discovery of new topics. There is an ethos of collaboration and collegiality that permeates the halls and classrooms in our buildings. Teachers regularly engage in rich and varied professional development opportunities from in-house lunch-and-learns and faculty meetings, to one-day workshops and symposiums, and multi-day national and international conferences. Stevens is a learning hub for students and teachers alike. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we never rest on our laurels and seek to model lifelong learning for students, as well as bringing back learning that makes a meaningful impact the student experience.
Learn more about the classes offered at Stevens below. We invite you to explore our Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School curriculum to gain a deeper understanding of our grade-specific content.