A student's responsibilities to the community include full
attendance, and therefore each student is expected to attend school while it is in session,
from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Class meeting begins at 7:45 and it is imperative that students be on time each morning, to
receive important announcements, take part in planning class activities, and have attendance taken.
Absences of more than 10% (approximately 17) of school days, will come under review by the Upper School
student risks losing credit for missed courses.
Late to School
will be excused in the case of major car problems or extreme weather or traffic
conditions, as reported by local television and radio stations or school bus
drivers. All other lateness is considered unexcused. In any case, a phone call is
times: email to student with copies to advisor
times: Infraction and letter home to family with copy of infraction
than 5 times: student will come under review by the Dean of Students.
Late to Class
responsibilities to the learning community include prompt attendance in all
classes and events. In the event that a student is held in class after the beginning of the
next class period, she is
required to ask for a note from the teacher
explaining the tardiness.
If a student is late to any class more than two times, her teacher will notify her advisor and the Dean of Students.
outside of school during the school day are strongly discouraged. If for some
reason an appointment must be scheduled during the day, parents must send an
explanatory note, email, or phone call to the receptionist at least 24 hours in advance.
If a student is absent because of illness or other
unexpected circumstances, her family should contact
the school between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. to report the
absence. After first period, the school will call the home of any
whom no word has been received. An absence will be considered unexcused
if a student's family does not contact the school or if we
cannot contact the family.
If a student knows in advance that she will be missing school for any reason, she must bring a note from her
parents explaining the absence and have it
signed by her teachers at least 24 hours before the absence. The note should then be turned in to the
the discretion of the school, a student may be excused for a medical reason or
a family emergency.
- Her parents must send a written note to the Upper
School Office 24 hours prior to the early dismissal, explaining the reason and
stating the specific departure and return times.
- She must ask each of her
teachers whose classes she will miss to sign
The student must then sign out at the front desk.
will not be dismissed early to retrieve items left at home such as homework or
Dismissal Due to Illness during School
Nurse tends to the medical needs of our entire student body. If a student becomes ill
during the day, she should:
report to class (if she has one) BEFORE going to
the Health Center.
report to the Nurse; or, if the nurse is unavailable, to the Upper School
If a student needs to miss an afterschool activity (sports, drama) for medical reasons, she should contact the teacher or coach.
If a student leaves school for medical reasons without
following the proper procedures, she will receive an
infraction and may be required to appear before the Honor Council.
If a student develops a pattern of absences from school
or classes during a semester, she and her parents may be asked to meet with the Upper School Director and the Dean of Students.
If a student is not in school by 10:00 a.m., she may not participate in any extracurricular,
athletic, or school-sponsored activity that day.
strongly encourage seniors to plan college visits during summer of junior
year, spring break, holiday break in December,
and over long weekends. However, seniors will be
allowed three excused college visit days during the academic year. These visits
must be cleared through the College Counseling Office. Each teacher must
approve the college visit by signing the "College Visit Form." This form must be returned
to the College Counseling Office at least 3 days in advance.
the case of unexcused absences, a student will
NOT be given the opportunity to make up missed assignments or assessments.
school encourages family vacations and provides time for them between semesters
and during March break each academic year. The school will not excuse students
for family vacations or other similar occasions that disregard the school
calendar. Faculty will not make assignment accommodations
for vacations that do not coincide with the school calendar.
If a student intentionally misses
a class, she will receive a detention and may be required to appear before Honor
If a student skips school, she will be required to
appear before Honor Council.
must remain on campus at all times between 7:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., unless senior or junior privileges have been granted.
main campus boundaries are Butler Avenue, Oriole Avenue, Patterson Avenue and
ravine is out-of-bounds.
If a student needs to leave campus for any reason, she must check with the Upper School Office.
may not go to their cars during school hours
without permission from the Upper School Office.
If a student leaves campus without permission, she will be required to
meet with the Dean of Students and may appear before the Honor Council.
Senior Off-Campus Privileges
privileges (which allow seniors to leave campus during the school day) are not
a right, but a privilege. Seniors can earn these
privileges during the senior year by meeting the
Being in good academic standing;
- Serving as a positive role model to
underclass girls in the community;
- Respecting the larger community with conduct appropriate to a representative of
- Attending all classes and school events
privileges are granted at the discretion of the faculty, Dean of
the Upper School Director. Eligibility will be reviewed and awarded or
rescinded as conditions
arise. Students will be eligible for senior privileges at the beginning
of November. Privileges will not exceed more than two class periods
during the course of a day.
must be present for homeroom.
who are granted senior privileges have sign-out privileges after first period.
(If a senior is not present during the first
period in the morning, privileges will be rescinded for the day.)
must be present on campus during Clubs and Assembly periods.
the day, students may use an automobile only
with her family's approval.
If a student violates a community guideline, she will lose senior privileges for a period of time
that will be determined by the Dean of Students, the Honor Council, or the Director of the Upper School.
who leave campus without permission will lose their
privileges and must meet with the Dean of Students and may appear before
the Honor Council.
will be considered for off-campus privileges beginning May 1. A letter from
the class requesting off-campus privileges should be submitted to the Upper
School Director before May 1.