Upper School

The Upper School program is designed to provide opportunities to develop the mind in all its facets: analytical, imaginative, and ethical.  A student's abilities mature and flower as he or she tackles classic forms of expression: the essay, public speaking, and the visual and performing arts.  Creative and analytical skills are further expanded through the exploration of more advanced territories within science and mathematics.  Perspective and critical thinking skills are developed through our rigorous humanities curriculum.  Finally, the study of the Bible also provides an integration of Christian faith and learning central to the School's mission.

The Upper School faculty members are lifelong learners and passionate educators, chosen for their giftedness in their respective fields and their ability to communicate both their subject and their passion for it.  They continue to travel, attend conferences, and do research in order to teach their subjects at the highest level.  Most of our faculty live on campus and are readily accessible to meet with students outside of the classroom.  Their contact information is also made available to all parents, since close communication is viewed as a vital part of the educational process.

With small class sizes and balanced loads, teachers get to know all of their students, their strengths and their weaknesses, and are able to work specifically to the student's individual needs.  When more help is needed, peer and professional tutors are available.  When more challenge is desired, students can take advanced college-level classes through Stony Brook University's ACE program and Molloy College's Scholars Program as well as participate in high-level academic competitions and mini-courses.

Teaching students to write well is one of the hallmarks of the School's curriculum.  In the Upper School, students are instructed across disciplines in the art of the analytical and personal essay, with special emphasis placed on the organization and craft of a well-written argument.  Many of our alumni have noted that the training in writing that they received while at The Stony Brook School was invaluable to their undergraduate experience.

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  • Academic Updates 11.18.2022

    Dear Students, 
    Here are a few updates from your Academic Prefect and Academic Council!

    Academic Wellness
    In this busy season, managing your time and preparing for end-of-semester assessments will be key! Here is a helpful list of time management skills from Dartmouth College’s Academic Skills Center. And here is a list of helpful resources for coping with anxiety about exams.

    Peer Tutoring
    Need some help in a class? Fill out this Peer Tutoring form!

    Internships and Publications
    We will be posting a handful of excellent research and internship opportunities on this page throughout the year. Please find a running list of these internships at this link.  Please contact the Academic Office to learn more.

    Established in 1990, Partners for the Future provides an opportunity for talented Long Island high school students to have hands-on experience in biomedical research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The program is open to high school students entering their senior year who are nominated by their school science chairperson. Each science chairperson may nominate two students during their junior year. Semi-finalists are interviewed by Laboratory scientists and winners go on to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week, September through March of their senior year, doing original research under the watchful eye of a scientist mentor. At the conclusion of the program, students give oral presentations of their research projects to an enthusiastic audience of the students’ scientific mentors, Lab administrators, parents and teachers.

    The High School Research Program (HSRP) is a highly competitive six-week educational program for students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies.  Application deadline: January 9, 2023.

    Founded by an SBS alum, the JSTEP Global High School Fellowship is a free program geared towards high school students from all over the world who are passionate about science, technology, ethics, and policy (STEP). Spearheaded by the Community Innovation and Learning arm of the Columbia University Journal on Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy, JSTEP Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in a series of talks and workshops led by various members of the Columbia JSTEP team, as well as Columbia professors and other student leaders.


Meet the Upper School Academic Team

List of 10 members.

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    Will Lingle 

    Assistant Head of School
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  • Photo of Jeffrey Smith

    Jeffrey Smith 

    Academic Dean
  • Photo of Sean Riley

    Dr. Sean Riley 

    Executive Director of Gravitas
  • Photo of Stan Winston

    Mr. Stan Winston 

    Director of STEM Education
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    Mrs. Christine Loo 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
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    Mr. Erik Johnson 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
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    Mrs. Debbie Abrahamsen 

    Guidance Counselor
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  • Photo of Dana Saraniero

    Mrs. Dana Saraniero 

    Administrative Assistant
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  • Photo of SherriAnn Lalchan

    SherriAnn Lalchan 

    Academic Support Assistant
  • Photo of Juana Garcia

    Juana Garcia 

    College Counseling admin/ Varsity Volleyball Assit coach
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The Stony Brook School

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Stony Brook, NY 11790
A Christian, co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for 7-12th grade students