For more information, please contact:

John Stegeman
Head of Upper School
315/446-2452, ext. 126

Kendall Hoekstra
Head of Lower and Middle School
315/446-2452, ext. 162

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Decades of experience and research have taught us that high expectations and genuine respect for individual ability produce graduates ready and eager to face the challenges of college and life beyond. With measured amounts of independence, challenge, and encouragement, Manlius Pebble Hill faculty guide students through the natural curiosity of the Lower School years to the intellectual rigor of the Upper School. The result is an academic environment that challenges students to achieve their best and, at the same time, creates a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

In the Lower School, the academic environment is non-competitive. Asking questions is smiled upon and finding answers becomes an exciting quest. Young learners thrive in this atmosphere as they advance in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, science, social studies, as well as art, dance, music, world languages, technology, and personal fitness. Small classes and flexibility give our teachers the ability to teach and challenge each child at his or her own level.

Much of the Middle School learning is experiential and activity-based as students gain confidence and the academic and social skills essential to success. In addition to the core curriculum, interdisciplinary study, field trips, special speakers, wilderness excursions, social activities, and theater trips are common. Through this range of activities students are challenged, as well as nurtured, to excel.

The rigor of the Upper School is grounded in dialogue, research, curiosity, and creativity. Students first master the basics and are then expected to pursue excellence through extensive Advanced Placement offerings, challenging electives, and such real-world offerings as Senior internships and national and international travel.

The richness of the Manlius Pebble Hill academic program allows opportunities for achievement that only an independent school can offer. Take a look through this section of the website and you'll find descriptions of the Lower, Middle, and Upper School programs as well as a listing of course offerings. As always, don't ever hesitate to contact one of the division heads to learn more about the academic environment at Manlius Pebble Hill.