Advising and Mentors
Every Upper School student has a faculty advisor in his or her life, one who provides unconditional support and the resources to guide academic and personal growth. Advisors help students set goals, monitor academic and extracurricular progress, engage in service projects, facilitate discussions from world events to character development and make recommendations for the following year. Since faculty advisors are considered the “hub” of information related to a student, he/she is just as much an advisor to parents as he/she is to the student. Advisors meet with their advisory groups (consisting of 6-10 students) for one scheduled meeting every other week in addition to individual meetings that take place during the alternate weeks, or during study halls, before or after school, during lunch, or as needed. Freshmen are assigned advisors for their first year; after that year, students choose their advisors.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students is responsible for all aspects of student life, including maintaining the discipline system and overseeing the boarding program, residential life, student activities, the athletic department, campus security, the School’s advisory program, and the Health Center. The Dean of Students works closely with the Dean of Academic Affairs to verify that students are present and accounted for in their daily and after-school schedules.
Class Deans are the center of information regarding all students and activities within a designated grade level. Class Deans can take advantage of all the systems and resources in place to ensure that each student has the opportunity to achieve individual excellence. Middle School Class Deans are also responsible for seeing that each grade's program is purposeful, well-coordinated, and clearly articulated.
Peer Leaders are members of the senior class who volunteer their time to attend a daily Peer Leadership class, to work weekly with the freshmen on Friday mornings, as well as doing numerous other activities outside of the traditional class day. As part of the curriculum for Peer Leadership, students engage in community service learning. Peer Leaders apply for membership in this program in the spring of their junior year, and are selected by a faculty panel. Peer Leader groups consist of about 10-12 freshmen and two Peer Leaders, one girl and one boy. Peer Leaders serve as role models for the younger students in our community, and are actively involved in freshman orientation and helping students as they transition to high school.