The Stuart Hall Graduate


Stuart Hall School has a rich history of a strong and rigorous academic program. As in every great independent school, there is continuous analysis of the program to meet the needs of students and provide the very best education possible. Beginning in 2014, Stuart Hall School analyzed all aspects of the academic and community life program and considered current educational research, including literature regarding the necessary skill set for successful students in the 21st​ ​century. This work resulted in the evolution of the Stuart Hall Graduate Goals, a list of key proficiencies: 

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Well-Being

The development of this skill set is the expression of the Stuart Hall program, stemming from a community-based, authentic learning curriculum, rooted in the liberal arts. Stuart Hall School has embedded the teaching of this skill set into the academic curriculum and community life program and uses the geographical setting of historic Staunton and its surrounding areas to provide opportunity and depth content and skill set development through the Staunton is Our Campus (SIOC) initiative. 


Critical Thinking

Critical Thinker

What am I curious about and what are my questions?

What are my goals and how can I ethically achieve them?

How do I interpret, analyze, and evaluate information to formulate an answer to my questions?  

Reflect and Apply
What went well, what could be better, and how do I use what I’ve learned?



Creative Innovator

What original ideas do I have?

How do I apply my ideas in a new way?

How do I make my ideas real?




Effective Communicator

Deliver Information
How do I convey information and support my ideas so others understand?  

Receive Information
How do I listen with understanding and empathy?

Demonstrate Media Literacy
How do I ethically and effectively use the most appropriate media tools to communicate with others?


Global Citizen


Civic Responsibility
How do I contribute to my community?

How do I use respect and empathy to understand global issues and interact with people of diverse cultures, experiences, and backgrounds?   

Digital Citizenship
How do I effectively use technology to enhance and improve interactions with others?



Effective Collaborator

How do I work with others to reach a common goal?  

How do I create positive interactions and demonstrate admiration, kindness, and care? 

What is my personal responsibility to a group?  

How do I adapt to reach a common goal when parameters change?



Health: Physical/ Mental Well-Being
How do I positively impact my physical and mental health to optimize my full potential?

Happiness: Social/Emotional Well-Being
How do I develop meaning and purpose to cultivate satisfaction in life and healthy relationships while serving the greater good?

Prosperity: Functional Well-Being
How do I utilize practical skills to develop independence and be a meaningful contributor to the world?


Stuart Hall Voices

"Stuart Hall is a really diverse, but inclusive place where you can explore your passions and make friends quickly and easily." 

—Kate '21