The formal advising system does not impede or hope to preclude the spontaneous relationships between students and teachers, but guarantees one such relationship for each student. Most students continue with the same advisor for several years assuring that students have an adult in their school life who shares their academic, extracurricular and social successes.
Each advisor meets with his or her advisee group once weekly, on Wednesday mornings in normal weeks. Advisors are also present at all-school Morning Meetings and Form-level meetings. Through these meetings and periodic one-on-one discussions, the advisor follows each advisee’s academic, social and extra-curricular progress. Advisors suggest practical tactics and strategies for improvement in study habits, organization, relationships with teachers, and other academic concerns. The role of the advisor is principally as an advocate, supporter and personal faculty liaison to the student.
Advisors present a comprehensive character and leadership development curriculum comprised of 36 lessons presented over the course of a student's Upper School career. The lessons are from the CTRIS Curriculum from the The G. Frederick Zeller ’47 Initiative for Ethics and Character
. All lessons, selected by the grade level Deans, are chosen for their developmental and Nichols experience appropriateness.
Class Deans, key figures in a student’s life at Nichols, devote the majority of their time to managing the overall concerns of a class and the needs of its individual members. Deans communicate regularly with parents, sharing information about almost anything that may concern a student’s behavior, performance or well-being at Nichols.
Feel free to call your child’s Dean or advisor at any time. Deans are available to field most questions related to your child, from course registration issues, to problems in a specific class. Your child’s advisor, likely a teacher, may be more difficult to reach during the school day, but is often a good point of contact for personal concerns. Deans will inform advisors of pertinent information related to a student and vice versa.