At St. George’s, we recognize the importance of a strong support system among teachers, students, parents, administrators, advisors and mentors. We not only seek to achieve academic equilibrium between traditional content and agile methods, we also strike a careful balance in how we model responsible engagement with our myriad offerings. Co-curricular activities, entrepreneurial projects, travel opportunities, and citizenship initiatives are seen as vehicles to help your child make wise choices, focus his or her efforts, and manage stress—so he or she can accomplish more while worrying less.
More than simply preparing students for academic accolades, St. George’s teachers inspire students to embrace hard work while avoiding overextension, and to value the dividends paid by inspired effort as well as the doors opened by good grades. We want our students to grow as high-achieving, competitive students who meet and surpass many sets of expectations—and also as well-adjusted, happy boys and girls driven by their own unique ambitions.
The commitment teachers have to students is evident in the classroom, on the field, and in co-curricular activities. In addition, a strong faculty advisory system, supported by professional counselors, offers academic guidance and fosters emotional and social growth.
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The Advisory program in middle and upper school is crafted with purpose to provide an avenue for student support and growth. Each student is assigned an advisor, who serves as a mentor, a personal cheerleader, and a “go to” person for guidance if a challenge arises. The school views the advisor as the person on campus who knows and best cares for each student and will be a trusted counselor and supporter.
Advisory groups meet weekly to discuss current adolescent topics and social issues, reflect on guest speakers and school topics, perform community service projects, guide academic progress, and to simply connect with one another. Advisory groups become a constant, tight-knit, school family for each student.
The Advisory structure also provides a framework for students to be involved in Chapel, school-wide events, and retreats both on and off campus. Advisors seek to know the students beyond the classroom, and serve as a liaison for their parents, teachers, coaches and administrators to work together for the benefit of the student.
St. George’s Counseling and Learning Services provides a holistic approach to child development in keeping with our mission and philosophy. Research-based knowledge is used to help students develop their academic and personal strengths with emphasis on social development, self-esteem, social consciousness, stress management, decision making, and cross-cultural awareness.
Individual and group counseling, and classroom-based interventions are designed and implemented to enhance the behavioral, social, or educational status of the student or prevent difficulties in these areas. Counseling staff develop programs that help address potential problems, and strengthen and support each student’s personal and academic development. Sometimes, and perhaps most importantly, counselors simply provide a safe place to talk.
Counseling and Learning Services not only supports the academic goals of each student but also provides education that helps them navigate the social, emotional, and spiritual pathways to adulthood. As a part of that mission, students will engage in developmentally appropriate guidance curriculum that includes goal setting, study skills, conflict resolution, decision making, social skills, career research, peer pressure, and healthy and responsible choices.
St. George’s is committed to support the health and wellness education and development of our students, faculty and school community by increasing awareness, prompting positive lifestyles and integrating comprehensive practices to achieve optimal health. Health is an integral part to the academic and overall success of our students. We believe in nurturing the mind, body, and spirit of each child by providing health awareness education and tools necessary to flourish in a safe and healthy environment.
St. George’s supports student health and wellness, including fitness and social and emotional wellbeing, through a network of support systems and services for all students, including a comprehensive physical education and athletics programs, that include individualized fitness programs for athletes, health and human development curriculum, academic learning support programs, school and peer counselors, spiritual education, and a nutritious and healthy lunch program.