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 80 students in grades eight through twelve. Seventh grade applicants who are ready for college preparatory coursework may also be considered. The student-to-staff 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’s perspective.

Faculty and Staff

  • Stevenson has 20 faculty members, four full time psychologists, one full time school psychology doctoral intern, 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 to keep everyone 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 2017 and 2018

Adelphi University
Arcadia University
Bard College
Baruch College
Beacon College
Brooklyn College
Cabrini University
Carlow University
Chatham University
City College
College of Staten Island
Curry College
Daemen College
Dean College
Drexel University
Duquesne University
Eckerd College
Endicott College
Flagler College
Hampshire College
Hartwick College
Hobart and William Smith College
Hunter College
Iona College
Ithaca College
John Jay College
LaGuardia Community College
Lasell College
Long Island University-CW Post
Lynn University
Manhattanville College
Marlboro College
Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount Manhattan College
McDaniel College
Mercy College
Mitchell College
Morrisville State College
Muhlenberg College
New England College
New York City College of Technology
Northeastern University
Point Park University
Prescott College
Queens College
Qunnipiac University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seton Hall University
St. John’s University
St. Joseph’s University-Brooklyn
Stetson University
Suffolk University in Boston
SUNY Cobleskill
SUNY Fredonia
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Purchase
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
The New School
University of Arizona
University of Buffalo
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of Maine
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Vaughn College
Wagner College
Warren Wilson College