Deans Program

THE DEANS PROGRAM

Dedicated to ensuring the success of our students, the deans at Avenues are highly experienced educators who provide academic and social-emotional support to students throughout the Upper Division. Deans are academic advisors, mentors and—from 10th grade on—college counselors. In these roles they maintain a comprehensive overview of their students’ experience at Avenues and guide them through important academic and social transitions. They also work closely with parents, providing a key point of contact between home and school. Deans meet frequently with students, both one-on-one and in small groups, to give advice on academic and extracurricular choices and raise questions that encourage self-reflection and self-exploration. Committed to celebrating each student’s achievements as well as providing support in moments of conflict and difficulty, deans act as their students’ advocates within the school community.

By getting to know students over multiple years, deans acquire a holistic understanding of the academic and extracurricular strengths of their students. Upon entering sixth grade, students are assigned a dean who will work with them through ninth grade. The student-dean relationship provides a powerful source of continuity for students as they navigate the challenging transition from the middle to the upper grades. For 10th through 12th grades, students are assigned a new dean with expertise in college counseling. With a deep knowledge of their students’ talents and aspirations, these deans are exceptionally well equipped to guide students through the college search and application process.

 

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