Student Support

Minding the Heart

We firmly believe that as we're educating young minds, our students’ hearts should never be neglected. We’re as intentional about creating a school culture that is as mindful of students’ social and emotional well-being as it is of their academic success. Our two full-time school counselors are available to meet with students or parents to lend a listening ear and offer advice in handling any issues that may arise. Through our counseling and advisory programs, health and wellness curriculum, and differing levels of academic support, we aim to create a caring environment where every student feels a sense of belonging and can make meaningful connections with faculty and peers.

Elizabeth Singletary '04

Lower School Counselor

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Elizabeth Singletary '04
Lower School Counselor

Advisory System  

Because we believe in a personalized education, every student in grades 7-12 is assigned to an advisor, a caring faculty member who meets regularly with a small group of students to offer friendship, wisdom, and support.  Middle School advisory groups are established by grade level and gender while Upper School students stay with the same advisor for all four years of high school. Advisors are actively involved in reviewing current grades with their advisees, planning for future academic sessions, discussing academic placement, and looking toward diploma and college entrance requirements.  Students in PreK3-grade 6 receive these nurturing services in the homeroom setting.

Academic Support

We’re committed to providing support for the academic needs of our students as they complete our college preparatory program. Our teachers are always available to meet individually with students as challenges arise and stay in frequent communication with parents about students’ academic progress. Our teachers meet as grade level and departmental teams to develop curriculum, track students, and share ideas to enhance each student’s performance. Additionally, our McKay Academic Center (MAC) offers academic support services for students with documented learning differences, as well as those who may need a little extra help from time to time to keep up in their college preparatory classes.

“Our advisory program plays a vital role at our school because it provides students with an advisor who knows their goals and will help guide them to achieve those goals.”
- Amanda McIlwain, Upper School Director

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