Manhattan's Only Therapeutic College Prep Independent School

At a Glance

The Robert Louis Stevenson School was founded in 1908. We are located in an historic brownstone on West 74th Street off Central Park West – a short walk to the Park, Lincoln Center, The American Museum of Natural History, and the vibrant life of the Upper West Side.

Stevenson serves students in grades six through twelve with an average class size of eight students. The staff-to-student ratio is 4:1.


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

Faculty and Staff

  • Stevenson has 20 faculty members, three full time psychologists, one full time school psychology intern, three learning specialists, and a college counselor. Faculty are also advisors, meeting with students at least three times a day.
  • All faculty and clinical staff meet together each morning so everyone is up to date on every student’s needs and accomplishments.


  • Stevenson has rolling admissions. Accepted students may join the Stevenson community at any point during the year.
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We are proud that nearly all Stevenson graduates go on to attend college.

College acceptances for the Class of 2016

Adelphi, Baruch, Binghamton University, Brooklyn College, Caninus City College, College of New Jersey, College of Staten Island, Curry, Dowling College, George Washington University, Goucher, Hunter College (CUNY), Iona, International Culinary Center, Institute of Culinary Education, Jacksonville University, Johnson and Wales, Lehman, La Salle, Lynn University, Long Island University, Brooklyn College, Marymount, Manhattanville, Manhattan College, Maryland Institute of Art, Mitchell, New England College New York University, Pace, Plymouth State, University of Bridgeport, University of New Haven, Queens College, Quinnipiac University, Rollins College, San Francisco Art Institute, Art Institute of Chicago, Stony Brook (SUNY), and Temple University

Other schools Stevenson graduates have recently attended (partial list):

Antioch College, Bard College, Barnard College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Goucher College, Hampshire College, Ithaca College, Middlebury College, Oberlin College, Sarah Lawrence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Skidmore College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, Reed College, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, University of Massachusetts, Vassar College. In addition, graduates have attended several CUNY and SUNY schools.