SPA will be closed Tuesday, January 23, due to the snow and hazardous driving conditions. Please note that school will be closed entirely on Tuesday, including all classes, athletics, and extracurricular activities. We do not make this decision lightly. Like you, we would much prefer our students to be in school, but today’s extreme weather makes travel unsafe for everyone.
Thank you for your understanding, and please stay safe.
Bryn S. Roberts
Head of School
In the Upper School, advisories serve as a "home base" for students and faculty. Each advisory group is made up of a faculty advisor and group of 10-12 students. Students meet with their advisor each morning at the start of the day for a check-in, and on Wednesdays for a longer meeting from 10-10:45 am.
During advisory meetings, students develop strong and supportive relationships with their peers and the advisor, who strives to know the child beyond the student. The advisory system fosters students’ social and personal growth and helps them manage the demands of a rigorous academic program. Advisors serve as coaches and mentors who support students while encouraging them to advocate for themselves and balance their various commitments; the advisor also serves as the primary liaison between student, parents, and teachers. Some elements of an advisor's role include:
- monitoring course selections and schedule
- serving as an advocate in school matters for students
- encouraging students in their extracurricular and athletic commitments
- communicating with other teachers and parents when needed
- facilitating advisory discussions
- serving as the first point of contact when issues arise