In recognition of the importance of emotional well-being to the process of learning
, Town School employs two part-time counselors who are licensed mental health professionals to provide support to student, parents and teachers. Town School is always receptive to working in collaboration with specialists from the community to further a boy's growth and well-being. In collaboration with the family and community, we believe it is our responsibility to help students develop self-knowledge, empathy and respect for others, communications and problem-solving skills, and to accept responsibility for their own behavior.
Town School students in grades K-4 participate in weekly social-emotional classroom lessons facilitated by the Lower School counselor. The goal is to help the students develop important social-emotional skills which enable them to understand and manage their feelings, successfully interact with others, solve interpersonal problems and make respectful choices. Lessons are interactive and involve discussions, role-playing and experiential activities. These lessons reinforce the classroom teachers' use of Responsive Classroom
in creating a kind and inclusive school community.
Town School students in grades 5-8 meet in in a daily morning meeting with an advisor; each group consists of one or two faculty members and approximately 12 boys of the same grade level. Morning meeting participants greet each other, discuss personal and current event topics, develop community through activities or challenges, and work on organizational skills. Morning meeting groups also plan periodic service learning opportunities. The morning meeting format as well the social contract, take a break, reflection and other practices from the Developmental Designs
program support boys in reaching our social-emotional goals.
The Upper School counselor also works directly with students in small groups, addressing a variety of topics such as drug and alcohol education in grades 6-8 and sex education in grades 4-8, as well as students' overall safety and well-being. In addition, the Upper School Counselor serves as director of the secondary school application process. She works closely with both the students and their parents, meeting regularly to provide extensive counsel and organization during this time. Matching a boy with a school that is well suited for him is the primary aim of the secondary school process.