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.
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.