Beginning in the Middle School, each student is paired with a faculty advisor to help guide him or her to navigate challenges and make good decisions, in and out of the classroom.
Advisors are faculty or staff members whose primary responsibility is monitoring students’ academic and social progress, arranging parent-teacher meetings, and helping students choose their classes each spring for the following year.
The advisor plays an important role in one of Wakefield's signature programs — the Journey to an Extraordinary Life (JEL). In this process of creating and monitoring the progress of each student toward his or her academic, extracurricular and interpersonal goals, each advisor, in conjunction with a student’s teachers, coaches, and activity leaders, helps the student identify a “roadmap” and goals to guide his or her journey.
In addition to guidance and monitoring, advisors serve as a resource for students who need an adult to turn to when they have questions or concerns about social, ethical, family, or other issues. Advisors, working in conjunction with the Director of Academic Affairs, also serve as the primary liaison between parents and the school about academic or social issues that arise.