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Partnering with Stanford University

Saint Hilary School was again selected as a partner school in the Challenge Success Program at Stanford University for the 2017-2018 academic year. It is an honor to be selected once again for such an incredible opportunity for our entire school community.

Challenge Success is a coordinated program that helps schools, parents, and students develop models of success that align with what is known about children’s needs. The program was founded by Dr. Madeline Levine, a psychologist with over 25 years experience, Dr. Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education, and Jim Lodbell, an educational consultant with expertise in curriculum design and parent education.

Throughout the process, key stakeholders from our school, including administration, teachers, parents and students, met with interdisciplinary experts from Stanford University who then visited our campus and classrooms to provide insights on how our professional learning community can grow.

Through Challenge Success, our teachers are exposed to high-quality professional development opportunities providing them the latest and best practices for teaching for engagement (the key to real learning); our curriculum is evaluated to make sure our students are getting the most out of their valuable hours on campus; our homework policies examined to make sure we’re “making homework work.” For example, what is the purpose of homework? How much is too much? Our parents were are exposed to child-centered research supporting their children’s healthy emotional development.

Please visit the Challenge Success website at to learn more about the healthiest and most effective strategies to increase our children/ student’s well-being, engagement, and integrity. We look forward to continuing our partnership for the 2018-2019 school year.