Each student’s Proctor experience is wholly unique, but all are rooted in the shared experience of living and learning in a community alongside 380 other students and nearly 150 employees.
Students arrive at Proctor having been shaped and molded by their own parents, and our role as a boarding school is to build upon the foundation their families provided and to build connection within their student experience.
At Proctor, we believe the relationships we developed and the lessons in perseverance, critical thinking, and collaboration will eventually serve as cornerstones of our students lives. Connection among adolescents does not happen by chance. It happens through shared, untethered experiences. It happens in small advisory groups. It happens in dorms during late night conversations between roommates. It happens over a shared meal in the dining hall, a walk in the woods, or cheering alongside each other on the sidelines of a game. At Proctor, we want work to facilitate as many of these connection moments as possible. Learn more about how we do that below.
Three times a week we gather in the Wilkins Meeting House for an all-school assembly. The agenda for assembly varies each day, however, the purpose remains clear: come together as an entire community to hear announcements, spend intentional face-to-face time together, connect with advisories, and remind ourselves that we are in this journey of learning together, as an entire community, even though we are often going a million directions on our own. Each assembly is organized by the advisory assigned dish duty for the day. Sometimes we engage in fun games on stage, other times we have serious speeches shared by students, and occasionally faculty share personal reflections. The best assembly moments are often the unplanned, when individuals in the community step forward and share a piece of themselves with the rest of us. Not every assembly is memorable, but the habit of gathering together is critical to our connectedness and sense of belonging as a community.
Role of the Advisor
Each student has a faculty advisor whose role is to serve as the primary contact person for that student. The advisor schedules their advisee’s classes and has daily conversations during advisory period or assembly. The role of the advisor is to be wholly supportive as Proctor places great responsibility on the advisor to be on top of each student’s life and to serve as the primary contact person for each the advisee’s family. If you need to change classes, or wish to room with a different student, or are simply feeling homesick, you turn to your advisor for help and support. The advisor sits at the very core of every student’s experience.
For 75% of Proctor students, their dormitory is their home away from home. Learn more about Proctor’s Residential Life program, how it serves not only boarding students, but day students as well, and how Proctor’s web of support extends well beyond the traditional classroom.
A quarter of Proctor students commute to campus each day from their own local communities. Being a Day Student at a boarding school presents unique challenges and opportunities.
Leadership skills are learned through experiences, not in the classroom. At Proctor, students learn to lead by serving in elected positions, running clubs or service activities, or participating in off-campus programs.
As a boarding school, Proctor is responsible for the overall health and well-being of its 380 students and more than 150 employees. We take a comprehensive approach to supporting the health and wellness of our students.