Staunton is Our Campus

The academic program at Stuart Hall is inherently project-based and interactive. At Stuart Hall, we see ourselves and our students as part of the community, not distinct from it. Our learning, therefore, is tied to our surroundings. 

Community-Based, Authentic Learning

The Staunton is Our Campus initiative enhances existing teaching strategies and supports the facilitation of Authentic Learning. Authentic Learning is an approach to education that allows application of learning to real-world experiences. Because Stuart Hall School is located in the historical city of Staunton, accessibility to real-world experiences through connection with the community enhances classroom education.  As students develop content knowledge and skill set, Staunton is Our Campus allows students the ability to practice and foster their skill set in authentic settings. Research has shown authentic learning through real-world experiences develops deeper understanding leading students towards  success in college, career, and civic life. 

Need an example of how this works? See below for one of our many project-based courses interacting with the community: 



Staunton is Our Campus (SIOC) p​rovides a platform for students to practice the Stuart Hall Graduate Goals in real-world settings.  The STU Grad Goals are the compass guiding each student towards success. Authentic learning (as part of the SIOC initiative) is the needle directing our students to lifelong skills that empower students to take initiative and responsibility, build confidence, solve problems, work in teams, communicate ideas, and manage themselves more effectively. 

Staunton is Our Campus e​nables teaching and learning to be more enjoyable and rewarding. Authentic learning allows teachers to work more closely with active, engaged students creating high-quality, meaningful work, discovering the joy of learning alongside their students. 

Want to learn more?

How it works: Community-Based and Authentic Learning Projects: 

Lower School

Middle School 

Upper School 

Stuart Hall Voices

"The thing I love most about Stuart Hall is the sense of family." 

—Mariah '16