The Advising Program in Upper School is designed as a key component of a student's school experience. Its focus is on a student's academic and personal development carried out in the context of a one-to-one relationship between adviser and advisee. Areas addressed in this relationship include discussing ways to adjust to courses, probing and solving relationship issues, sharing ideas to help prepare for athletic competitions or exams, and supporting each other in difficult times. The goal of the Upper School Advising Program is to promote a student's experience of the school as a setting in which
her concerns are heard, she has access to resources to address these concerns, and she is assisted in becoming an effective decision-maker. The Advising Program is designed to facilitate communication among those with interest in and responsibility for each student.
Role of the Faculty Advisor
A student's faculty advisor is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of advisees, and meets with the advisee on a regular basis to provide support and advice on academic and non-academic matters, as appropriate. The advisor is the liaison connecting the advisee, teachers, parents, and the school. The faculty advisor is the advocate of advisees, taking an interest in their progress and well-being and assuming institutional responsibility for them. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors state their preferences for an advisor in May and are assigned advisors by the Upper School Principal before the opening of school; freshmen and new students are assigned an advisor before school opens.