There are many avenues of academic support for students, including teachers, advisors, Grade Deans, the Academic Coordinator, the Assistant Director of the Upper School, and the Director of the Upper School. The Director of Student Support Services is available to consult with the support team. The Learning Specialist is also available to consult to parents regarding students' academic experience and progress, developmental issues, and referrals to outside supports. In addition, student peer tutors are available. For more information please refer to the Guiding Principles for Academic Support section of the All School Student and Parent Handbook available on the BB&N website.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor. The advisor gets to know the advisee well, meets regularly with the advisory group, and is in touch with parents throughout the year. In addition, the advisor meets with the advisee during each grade report cycle to formally review academic progress and social -emotional growth. The advisor should be the first point of contact for most parent concerns or questions, especially those related to a student’s overall well-being, academic achievement, course schedule, or the course request process. For matters of a more serious nature, parents can contact the Dean of Students with questions about personal and social development. Concerns of a significant academic nature can be directed to the Academic Coordinator, the Assistant Director of the Upper School, or the Director of the Upper School.
The Upper School Nurse’s Office is located in Room 175 on the ground floor of the Main Building. Students are welcome to drop-in or schedule an appointment to speak with the nurse. The goal of the nursing program is to facilitate healthy lifestyles so that each student has the opportunity for success. This is accomplished by providing episodic care of acute illness and injury; safe administration of prescription and over-the-counter medications; collaboration with parents and health care providers to assist in the management of chronic or long-term health conditions; ensuring all students are in compliance with state mandated school health regulations; providing referrals to internal and external health resources; and by offering health education opportunities.
The Counseling Offices are located on the ground floor of the Main Building in Room 174 and Room 179. The Upper School Counselors welcome visits and are available to speak with students about personal, family, social, or school concerns. Students may drop in or schedule an appointment with either Counselor. While conversations are kept confidential, disclosures may be warranted if the health or well-being of a student is in question. The Counselors consult with administrators, teachers, advisors, and parents around individual student concerns and general adolescent topics.
Peer Counselors are students in Grades 11 and 12 who have been selected to offer support, advice, or information for their peers. The Peer Counselors meet twice weekly for planning and training, disseminate information on a range of adolescent topics, and offer workshops to Lower School and Middle School students. While most of the individual support offered by Peer Counselors happens informally, appointments can be scheduled by contacting a Peer Counselor directly or by notifying one of the Upper School Counselors.