Counseling & Guidance
With a mission to “foster the intellectual and personal growth of girls and young women,” we have a variety of people and programs in place to meet the needs of students in every aspect of school life. Our Student Support Services focus on social, emotional and academic areas, while our advisory system offers a place for students to meet in small groups with a dedicated faculty member.
Advisors serve an essential role at AIS; the advisor will assist with everything from adjusting socially to choosing academic courses. In freshman year, each student is assigned to an advisory — typically made up of 6-9 girls — which meets from 8:05-8:25 a.m. several times each cycle. In their advisory groups, students are encouraged to share concerns or questions, academic successes and struggles, hope and fears. Parents are encouraged to have regular contact with the advisor.
During advisory, students hear announcements, discuss topics relevant to their lives, and prepare themselves for the day before them. These groups form a small community within the larger community. Because of the importance of the advisor/advisee relationship, students are given the opportunity each spring to ask for a change.
Class Deans are faculty members who take on the special task of overseeing a grade from the ninth-grade year through to graduation.The Class Deans meet regularly with the Dean of Students and work in tandem to oversee the advisory program for each grade, address the unique needs of each grade, plan and facilitate grade-specific activities, provide leadership training to Class Representatives, discuss all matters regarding student life outside of the classroom, address disciplinary issues, and generally promote class unity and spirit.
Student Support Services (SSS) help students across all three divisions in social/emotional development and academic growth. The department consults with teachers and parents to help foster the personal wellness of students. While a rigorous academic education is an invaluable commodity in life, the emotional intelligence fostered by the Student Support Services team is equally predictive of future happiness and success.