Student Experience

Advising

Upper School Advising

Upon entrance into Upper School, students are placed into groups of 10-12 and paired with a faculty advisor. The heart of the advisory program is the relationship that develops between students and their advisor over the four years of Upper School. Advisories meet twice per week and spend time working on studentship skills, discussing topics such as current events and the responsible use of social media, setting goals and reflecting on experiences, and bonding over breakfast. Advisors oversee the academic and extracurricular life of their students and act as the first point of contact on campus for students’ families.

Middle School for Boys

At the start of Middle School, each student is matched with an advisor who acts as an advocate and trusted mentor, serving as a liaison between the family and the school and playing a critical role in the day-to-day life of Middle School—academic, social, and personal.
 
Character development begins in Lower School with studying the values embodied in the five stripes on the boys’ jerseys (courage, integrity, diversity, resilience and thoughtfulness) and continues in Middle School as part of the daily advisory program, where boys explore academic and social issues with the support and guidance of their advisory group and its faculty leader. During weekly assemblies when the entire division is together in the chapel, we recognize exemplary actions and behavior and explore issues of ethics and character.
 
Building the skills and mental attitudes that enable our students to overcome challenges, take intellectual risks, persevere in the face of obstacles, find the positive lessons from failure, and be optimistic and empathetic are essential to a productive, happy, engaged life. Our school culture is grounded in school-wide mindfulness, regular discussions in advisories and classes, and special projects that help to cultivate these qualities. Students learn about resiliency in and out of the classroom. Through assignments and projects, on the athletic fields, and in advisory discussions, the benefits of these life-affirming skills are explained and their development encouraged.

Middle School for Girls

At the start of Middle School, each student is matched with an advisor who acts as an advocate and trusted mentor, serving as a liaison between the family and the school and playing a critical role in the day-to-day life of Middle School—academic, social, and personal.
 
Supporting each girl through her academic and social journey is ultimately the role of every member of the Middle School team, and weekly team meetings are held among grade-level advisors in order to discuss and support each child.  

Faculty and administrative members think deeply about the skills and tools for a student’s success and regularly share study strategies, organizational tips, and other useful information. These lessons are taught in advisory on a regular basis. Additionally, we have built into the day “Extra Help,” a setting in which a student may report to a teacher for support or questions, complete homework, or read any of the wonderful books available through our vibrant library.

Our school culture is grounded in mindfulness and resiliency, and regular discussions in advisory help to cultivate these qualities. Through assignments and projects, on the athletic fields, and in advisory discussions, the benefits of these life-affirming skills are explained and their development encouraged.