Our Educational Philosophy
Stevenson's educational program is designed to enable each student to develop to his or her maximum potential. The objectives for the educational program including helping each student to:
- become a productive and responsible citizen
- develop the fundamental skills essentail to self-directed, lifelong learning
- make appropriate educational and career plans
- learn and apply strategies for logical problem solving and decision making
- develop self-discipline and a sense of personal responsibility for his or her learning, decisions and actions
- demonstrate consideration and respect for others
- make choices consistent with a healthy lifestyle
- demonstrate the ability to work well with others
- use technology effectively
Stevenson is a comprehensive high school offering a wide range of choices for its students. With these choices, however, come important responsibilities. The courses a student selects in high school can significantly affect his or her options for the future. The school's goal is to help students make informed and wise decisions regarding their high school program. Our counselors can play an important role in the selection of courses. Not only can the counselor offer advice on Stevenson's courses, he or she also can assist students in using the College Career Center to obtain the most current information on careers and colleges across the United States. It is important to emphasize, however, that while our counselors are available to assist students in their course selection, the final responsibility for selection rests with students and their parents.
Starting in January, students meet with counselors to choose courses for the following academic year. Upperclassmen receive recommendations from classroom teachers for continuation in required courses. Students choose electives and other academic courses not required for graduation. Freshmen course placements are determined by examinations. Course verificiation sheets will be mailed home in the spring so parents and students can review and make corrections to course selections. The master schedule is based on student selection of courses. Upon receipt of course verification sheets, further elective changes will be honored when possible.
Student Course Load
Every student must be enrolled in the following each semester:
- at least five credits of course work
- a sixth supervised period (either an additional class or a full-period study hall)
Students must meet the state of Illinois requirement of 300 minutes of supervision each day.
A Great Place to Learn
Stevenson's comprehensive and challenging academic, athletic and co-curricular program appeals to its students. Every year, graduating seniors are surveyed to determine the level of satisfaction they had with their high school experience. Here is what the surveys routinely find:
- More than 90% of students participate in at least one club, activity, sport or intramural program while at Stevenson. Overwhelmingly, students report having had a positive experience while participating in these endeavors.
- The number of faculty and staff cited by graduating seniors as having had a positive impact on their high school experience is close to 400.
- More than eight in 10 graduating seniors find their counselor helpful and knowledgable with academic planning and course selection to meet their needs and future goals. A similar number were satisfied with college advisement, which includes counseling, college programs and application processing.