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 Dean of Students, also serve as the primary liaison between parents and the school about academic or social issues that arise.
Students meet with their advisor, and the other 6-8 students in their advisory group, briefly every morning. This group is made up of students in the same grade and will remain together for the three-year Middle School journey.
This advisor-led, but student-focused meeting provides students and the advisor a chance to touch base about the day’s events and to share important announcements. Advisors also regularly schedule time to see their advisees in a one-on-one setting. Students are always welcome to seek out their advisor whenever necessary.
Students are given the opportunity to not only communicate with an teacher about their perspective and advice but share their own experiences and perspective with one another in a way that enriches their daily lives both in Wakefield School and in the larger community. It is a structured and fun way to explore, reflect and enrich the important issues every Middle School scholar faces during their journey at this age.