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Academic Advising and Resources

Academic Advising

Individual Advisors

Each student has an individual advisor who helps her to evaluate her growth and progress in all aspects of school life and to plan her academic program at Dana.

In the Middle School, students are assigned to a new advisor in each grade level. In the Upper School, 9th graders and 10th graders are assigned to grade-level specific advisory groups (with no more than six students per group).

Most students remain with their advisor in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, and some students elect to change advisors in the upper grades. Advisors work to support students in all aspects of their school life, and they serve as the primary liaison between the School and the family.

Class Deans

In the Upper School, each grade level has two Class Deans. One focuses on the students’ academic needs at that grade level and the other focuses on the class’ Student Affairs needs. The Class Deans work collaboratively to know each student in the class, as well as to understand the dynamics of the grade level as a whole. Together, they facilitate regular class meetings, mentor class officers, serve as an additional support system for each student and facilitate class traditions and retreats.

The Class Dean for Academics monitors student progress in the grade by communicating with faculty and individual advisors, as well as being aware of each student’s academic growth, including an understanding of Progress Reports and grades/comments for each student in the class. She communicates academic concerns to the Director of the Upper School.

The Class Dean for Student Affairs serves as the point-person for class retreats and traditions, acts as a liaison to the class parent representatives, organizes class elections and monitors the social dynamics of the grade. She communicates any social/emotional concerns to the Dean of Students. Together, the Class Deans oversee the progress and provide support for the entire class.

International Student Advisor

The International Student Advisor assists all international students with cultural and personal adjustments that go along with living in the United States. The advisor works closely with the International Student Association (ISA) leaders to run ISA events, such as International Week and the International Assembly. The International Student Advisor also partners with representatives from Admissions, Student Affairs, and Development to coordinate the Host Family Program, International Student Orientation, academic tutoring, and immigration procedures.

Academic Resources

Dana Hall School offers a dynamic and challenging academic program within a nurturing caring environment. The faculty encourages students to ask questions, learn from each other, take the initiative to master the content of their course work, and acquire lifelong learning skills. Dana Hall offers a variety of academic resources to assist students in meeting these goals.
At Dana Hall, academic support begins with the expert instruction of the classroom faculty who use a variety of pedagogical techniques to teach students in their classes. In addition, both direct and indirect support are available for students who are experiencing difficulty navigating the School's academic curriculum.

Dana Hall's Upper School Learning Specialists are available for consultation if a student is having particular academic difficulty in several of her classes. The Learning Specialists works in concert with the student's teachers, advisor, and family to develop an appropriate academic support plan, drawing upon the available resources to provide both direct and indirect support. The Learning Specialists may also recommend educational testing for the student when appropriate.

Learning Specialists assume various roles coordinating this support depending on the needs of the students and teachers. Overall, the Learning Specialists' primary role is to improve student learning and support the work of the classroom teacher.

The Learning Specialists are a resource for all students and families seeking more information about the academic support available at Dana Hall.

The Learning Specialists also provide direct support to students in the areas of study skills, reading comprehension, the writing process, and executive functioning skills (e.g., time management, organization, self-monitoring) in a small-group format.

Middle School

Grades 9 and 11

Kim Stewart

Grades 10 and 12

Jillian DeBusk

Labs: Math, Science and Writing

In the Upper School, labs are offered in Math, Science and Writing.

Depending on the topic, work is done in small groups or with one-on-one support from a faculty member.  Lab times, both drop-in and by appointment, occur throughout the school day and during the evening.

In the Middle School, labs are offered in Math and Writing.

Assistance is provided on a drop-in basis at the end of the school day.

Learning Specialists

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  • Francesca

    "In my Literature Composition I class we did a poetry unit before winter break. Our poetry project was in collaboration with a school in Turkey. We created our own websites to display our works of poetry. The last day of school before winter break we were able to Skype with the kids from the school in Turkey, and it was so much fun to interact with students who were so far away. We were able to learn what their school was like, and how their classes worked."