Our residential way of life strives to educate students to be responsible, productive and ethical citizens with the skills to think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively and maintain an attitude of respect toward people of other cultures.
Dormitories have several live-in faculty members who rotate supervisory nights and weekends throughout the year. Students know who is on duty each night so that in an emergency, the person on duty is the primary contact. Dormitory supervisors also rely on student prefects for assistance. These students must be familiar with apartment locations and contact numbers should an emergency arise.
Living with a roommate and away from home is a unique opportunity for a teenager. It provides ripe opportunitis for sharing about one another’s cultures, personal histories, and forming wonderful bonds that can last a lifetime. It also can be challenging to learn how to share a space at this age. Differences between roommates are not uncommon when considering the various needs and habits that may present between two or more young adults. We work extensively with the students to establish an air of mutual respect in the rooms, and work on voicing issues with regards to the room in a respectful manner. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn how to listen to others’ concerns openly while also having theirs heard; and to then, under the guidance of an adult mentor, devise an agreement that meets each person’s needs to the extent possible. Learning how to communicate effectively, adapt, and share a common space while taking into consideration their own needs and those of others provides opportunities for life lessons and growth students would not normally get until university or beyond. It is one of the more challenging, but also more special, aspects of attending a boarding school. Our experienced dorm staff work extensively to mediate and foster positive roommate relationships.