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Who We Serve


Is Stevenson the right school for your adolescent?

Stevenson serves bright adolescents who have struggled to negotiate the academic, social, and emotional pressures of the typical school environment. Our students are intelligent, social, resourceful, and creative. Many have come from prestigious, competitive independent and public schools where they have demonstrated significant achievement in areas of particular interest.

At the same time, they may have shut down, refusing to work or sometimes even to attend school. Some have sought to escape their struggles in other behaviors that put them at risk. Their difficulties at school may also have impacted their lives outside of school.

Students at Stevenson may be struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) adjustment problems, anxiety, depression, or difficulties with peers. They may also have learning issues.

Students are often referred to Stevenson by guidance counselors, psychologists and other mental health professionals, as well as parents and alumni.

Our specially designed program and integrated support systems teach students to trust themselves and others, gain confidence and self-esteem, and meet the challenges of college and everyday life.

To succeed at Stevenson, a prospective student should have the skills needed for college prep academic work. They should also be in a period of emotional stability so that they can make best use of Stevenson’s program.

Stevenson has one of the more diverse student bodies in the NYC independent system. Our community typically includes individuals of different races, cultural backgrounds, socio-economic conditions, gender identities and LGBTQ students. We prize our accepting school culture and believe it makes a meaningful difference in broadening our community’s perspective.

Admissions Process


Our approach to therapeutic education is distinguished by services we deliver with personalized attention in a mindful, structured environment; our admissions process is also personalized and structured.

Admission to Stevenson is a simple, three-step process.


The first step is to fill out an inquiry on our Online Admissions Portal. If after filling out the inquiry you would like to speak with someone, please contact


Step two is to complete the online application and accompanying documentation. We ask that you do this before visiting and touring our school. ​Your paperwork empowers our admissions and clinical teams to speak knowledgeably about the particulars of your child and your family. Our mission is to help you make the best choice of placement when considering Stevenson.


Tours are the final step. They are offered on a family-by-family basis, and students may be invited to visit and interview shortly after parents have visited our campus.


Students are considered for admission at any time during the school year.

The Robert Louis Stevenson School actively promotes a rich multicultural student population. Students of all backgrounds have equal access to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students at the school. Stevenson does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin in administration of its admission policies, tuition assistance, loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs.

There is a $60 nonrefundable application fee.


 A Letter from The Admissions Director


Thank you for your interest in The Robert Louis Stevenson School!

Robert Louis Stevenson offers a college preparatory curriculum along with therapeutic support to assist students as they move into post secondary education and beyond.

We look forward to assisting you and your family as you navigate the Admissions process.

If you feel our school would be an appropriate setting for your child or have questions about our program, please contact me at 212-787-6400 Ext. 214 or


Joe Surak, Director of Admissions