Advising at MA

Each student works closely with a faculty or staff member who acts as an advisor. This advisor serves as a source of guidance and support for each advisee for both academic and personal matters relating to the school. Aside from getting to know each advisee personally, the advisor oversees academic scheduling, watches academic progress, and helps the student to organize unscheduled time.
Advisors also serve as a link between home and school. Parents are encouraged to talk with the advisor about any questions or concerns regarding the school and/or their son or daughter. Time is set aside weekly for each advising group to meet with the advisor; in addition, advisors maintain frequent, on-going individual contact with advisees. Advising curriculum is developmentally based and is drawn from the following seven learning practices:
  1. Perspective: Developing social, environmental and global awareness that fosters an understanding of one’s place in a sustainable world.
  2. Responsibility: Accepting ownership of one’s actions and one’s role in the well-being of the community. 
  3. Compassion: Displaying respect and empathy.
  4. Balance: Exhibiting balance, reflection and contemplation in all endeavors.
  5. Mind: Embracing curiosity, creativity and passion for a life of learning.
  6. Communication: Communicating effectively with others, verbally, visually and symbolically.
  7. Integrity: Demonstrating an active commitment to justice and ethical behavior.
In addition to the advisor, each grade has a Class Dean. The Deans are responsible for counseling, discipline, student life, and activities. The Deans work closely with the advisors, Dean of Students, and Academic Dean to help ensure the academic and personal well-being of each student.
Counseling at MA
The school counselor supports students in navigating the challenges of high school and life as an adolescent. The counselor offers students a nonjudgmental and safe space to explore their experience at MA as well as process aspects of their personal lives that may be impacting them. While the school counselor is training and licensed, MA does not offer long term psychotherapy on campus, and instead will help students and families access outside therapeutic support. The counselor is happy to work with families to find appropriate resources in the community.

Students and families are welcome to get in touch by email or phone to set up a time to meet with the counselor.

In addition to supporting the student and parent community, the counselor collaborates and consults with faculty and staff in their roles as teachers and advisors.

Our counselor, Sarah Janoff-Brinn, LCSW, is on campus five days a week from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Email her to set up an appointment, or call (415) 482-3262.