Advising is a key part of the Suffield faculty member's role at the school. Each student at Suffield is assigned a faculty advisor who serves as a central contact within the school community for the student and that student's parents and teachers. The advisor is helpful in handling questions about school and personal matters. The role of the advisor is to make each student's experience at Suffield optimal by keeping track of his/her academic progress, assisting with course planning and selection, and facilitating communication between the student and other constituents in the community. In addition to advisor reports, which are sent to families twice a year, parents are encouraged to direct any questions aor concerns about about their child to the advisor as well as meet with the advisor during campus visits.
Another level of support involves student-centered assistance in the form of peer tutoring. Academy tutors are trained in every subject and are a popular method of support. These students know what it takes to be successful writers, learners, and thinkers, and are happy to help their fellow students succeed. Peer tutoring often occurs in conjunction with extra help with a teacher and is available many evenings during study hall as well as during the day.
The Counseling Center provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to support students’ emotional growth and to enhance each student’s sense of emotional well-being. The counselors seek to provide developmentally appropriate information to the student population, to assist the Suffield Academy adult community in support of its students, and to provide information and support to parents regarding issues of adolescent development and parenting. The Counseling Center offers students a safe, appropriate and effective resource for emotional assistance, helping students make school life more manageable.