What is an Advisor?

advisor-20190516_026An advisor helps oversee and guide your child’s overall experience at Milton. They are a faculty or staff member, and the main communication link between you and the School on matters that relate to your child. Each advisor typically advises six to eight students and many students often have the same advisor throughout their Upper School experience.

What should I expect of my child’s relationship with their advisor?

All Milton advisors want to help students maximize their opportunities for academic and personal growth at Milton. Every advisor is committed to getting to know each advisee and to their success as an individual at Milton Academy. Your child should feel comfortable reaching out to their advisor for information, support or ideas. Advisors typically meet and talk with their advisees frequently—in a group or individually, depending on their respective schedules. Advisors will either be able to answer your child’s questions (or your own) about School policies, academic and otherwise, or find the correct answers and get back to your child or you. If a student is involved in any academic or disciplinary difficulty, the advisor is their adult guide. Some students develop close relationships with their advisors; other students develop those same close relationships with other faculty members. In any case, an advisor is a responsive person always willing to listen, support and help direct an advisee.

What should I expect from my child’s advisor?

You can expect to be able to turn to the advisor for a sense of your child’s life at Milton, to get an adult perspective on how your child is doing, relative to the challenges of growing up and taking responsibility for their learning and experience at Milton. You can expect that the advisor will know about regulations, policies and typical patterns of teenagers as they respond to the particular demands of each year in high school. The advisor will write summary reports about your child’s progress in November, February and June. You can expect that an advisor will reach out to you during the first weeks that your student is new to Milton, and thereafter, as well, when the need to let you know about something affecting your child arises. Conversely, if you reach out to the advisor, by phone or email, the advisor will get back to you. The advisor can tell you who to talk to at Milton about any issues that arise. The advisor’s central relationship is with the student—but the advisor works in partnership with parents as well, to assure the best possible experience at Milton.

What is my responsibility to the advisor?

Relevant information about a student always helps an advisor relate better or help a child more. If family or developmental issues could affect a child’s experience at School, then be sure to tell the advisor. If you observe patterns that trouble you, whether your child lives at Milton or at home, speak to the advisor about them. If your family is facing a challenge, let the student’s advisor know. If you have a question, and do not know where to direct your question, start with your child’s advisor.

What is a class dean?

The class deans assume overall responsibility for members of each class. The class deans supplement, but do not replace, a student’s individual advisor. Class deans coordinate the work of all the advisors guiding students in a given class. They are responsible for supervising class activities. Class deans also work with student leaders to plan class events and to establish positive and respectful relationships within the class. Parents should feel free to call the class deans at any time.