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Disciplinary Procedures


An infraction provides a written form given to a student who violates a school rule or tenet. The infraction is sent to the student, advisor, and Dean of Students. It is placed on record with the consequences and fulfillment of such consequences. The student must read and respond to the infraction within 24 hours after it is issued.



Disciplinary actions

Disciplinary actions fall into three categories:

  1. Most disciplinary situations will be handled by a faculty or staff member when and where they occur. If the disciplinary situation does not improve, your advisor will be consulted.
  2. Many types of minor offenses will be referred to the Dean of Students who will determine an appropriate course of action.
  3. Major offenses will be referred to the Honor Council. On the day of an Honor Council hearing, a student must be at school for the academic day and may not participate in any extra-curricular or school sponsored activities or events.
  4. Suspension and/or expulsion of a student will be determined by the Upper School Director in consultation with the Head of School.


  1. In-school suspension:  an in-school suspension requires the student to be in school at 7:45 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., but she will not attend her classes.  The student will be monitored by a member of the faculty or staff.  The suspended student may complete missed class work and homework;  all work handed in, however, including tests, quizzes, and projects, will receive a late penalty.  The student may not participate in any extracurricular activities for the duration of the suspension.  It is not the teachers' responsibility to reteach any missed lessons.
  2. Out-of-school suspension:  an out-of-school suspension has the same academic and extracurricular consequences as an in-school suspension.  The student, however, will not be present in school and may not come to campus during the suspension.

* It is the Honor Council's discretion to recommend whether an in-school or out-of-school is warranted.  The severity of the case will determine the duration of the suspension.



If a student chooses not to respect school values and adhere to the rules of the community, she may be assigned a detention. Detentions are after school and designed to encourage students to spend time considering the impact of their actions. Notification of detentions will be emailed to students. If a student does not report to the Dean of Students within 24 hours to schedule her detention, she will face further action.

If a student receives three (3) detentions for any reason during the semester, she will be required to appear before the Honor Council.

The Honor Council

The goal of the Honor Council is to uphold the values of the community as set forth in the handbook.

In addition to the Student Council President, Honor Council President, the Dean of Students, and 4 or 5 faculty members, there are two student representatives from each grade (appointed by their classmates).

The Honor Council holds a hearing when a student commits a major offense. Arriving at a recommendation by consensus, the Council provides a consequence, which the Dean of Students reports to the Upper School Director. The Upper School Director reviews the recommendation and advises the student and parents of the action being taken.

Consequences of Honor Council recommendations will be posted on the Upper School Community bulletin board.

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