At Dublin School we seek to develop independent-minded, self-reliant students with the skills and maturity to succeed in college and beyond, but we know that along the way our students appreciate a guiding hand. To support each student, we have a strong advising program, which provides every student with a faculty advisor.
Our advisor program matches each student with an adult in the community who is there to help them in a variety of ways. Students meet weekly as a part of the academic calendar with their advisors to talk about their individual progress as well as discuss issues of interest and importance to the school community. Advisors are here to assist students and parents with every aspect of school life, from academic problems to social adjustments and personal difficulties. Students or families with questions or problems can most easily start with a phone call to a student’s advisor. If the advisor cannot help directly, he or she can find the right person with whom to talk.
During the first year, we match each student with an advisor with whom we hope they will have much in common. In each subsequent year, the student will have the choice of continuing that relationship or choosing another advisor with whom they have made a connection. The relationships that develop between advisors and advisees often are among the most important ones a student may have during their time at Dublin.
At Dublin our small size is a huge advantage. Students aren't simply numbers, but valued members of a community who develop close relationships with dorm mates and faculty members. It's a simple concept, really: When you're at Dublin, you're an integral part of Dublin.
Our residential life is built around that idea. The dorm experience gives each student the chance to grow as a person, develop friendships that often last a lifetime, and cultivate the confidence that comes with contributing to a supportive community that respects and cares about others.
Our eight dorm buildings range from newer, college style housing to more homey converted campus houses. Hoyt-Horner, Monadnock House, and Slopeside Dormitory our newest and biggest buildings, for example, are home to 24 residents, while many others house half that number. Students typically have just one other roommate and all rooms are equipped with beds, desks, dressers, and free Wi-Fi.
Our support system at the school is strong and multi-layered, giving students access to a variety of resources. Resident faculty members serve as "dorm parents" and play an important role in the lives of their students. They are both mentor and friend, being that extra ear when a student needs it, while fostering a structured, balanced, and inviting setting for all residents. Students are also matched with an advisor, whom they meet with regularly to discuss academics as well more personal matters.
Leadership also comes from the students themselves in the form of proctors, whose mission is to further maintain the harmony of the dorm's community and help bridge any gaps between students and the faculty. Proctors are typically seniors who've demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and have gone through a vigorous interview and training process. They set an important standard for their housemates to follow and help younger students sort through the difficult emotions that can arise from being away from home for the first time.
Throughout the school year, camaraderie is fostered in each dorm community. Dorm outings include off-campus activities such as bowling as well creative projects such as designing and making sweatshirts. In the late autumn we host the Dorm Olympics, in which building residents compete against other dorms in a variety of events, from tug-of-war to more artistic endeavors. It's fun, it's silly, and it's all part of Dublin's goal to create a safe and enjoyable residential life program for its students.
The work gang tradition goes back to Dublin’s earliest years, when students, teachers, and staff worked together to build their school. Today’s work gangs continue the tradition of tackling substantial projects and discovering that teamwork makes it possible to “get it done.” Work gang teams carve out new trails on Dublin’s campus, plant gardens, and cut firewood, deliver and stack it for needy families in Dublin’s community.
Alumni who complained about clearing stumps to make way for the School’s athletic fields look back with amazement today at what they accomplished as teenagers, and count their work gang experiences as valuable lessons that left them with a can-do spirit, unflagging work ethic, and a sense of responsibility for making the world a better place.
Proctors at Dublin School work as liaisons between the faculty and students. Upperclassmen wishing to become proctors apply and go through an interview process and are ultimately selected by the faculty. There are proctors selected for both our boarding and day communities. They help to organize different student programs building and supporting the Dublin community.
The proctors begin their year with a short orientation program discussing some of the difficulties they might face in the coming year and working on team building activities. Throughout the year, proctors take a leading role in many campus activities. They are there to help new students find their way in the fall; they head our Spirit Week and Winterfest teams; and they aid the faculty on the weekends as members of duty teams. Maybe the most important role our proctors fill is being an approachable friendly face around campus.
Through this leadership opportunity we hope to foster students who will be able to take on other roles as they move into the wider world.
It is the intent of Dublin School’s community service program to connect students with the community that surrounds them. Through service in the Monadnock region or in their own hometowns, students meet with their neighbors to work collaboratively towards common goals. At Dublin School, a variety of opportunities is presented and students are encouraged to choose service projects that are both interesting and meaningful to them. Though many students coordinate their own outings, the School organizes weekly trips to organizations throughout the region. Students regularly work with the Salvation Army, the Community Kitchen, Stonewall Farm, the Humane Society and Nelson Library. Additionally, students may choose to participate on a regular basis with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters or Amnesty International. Though students are obligated to volunteer ten hours per year, many students far exceed this requirement. At the close of the spring trimester, one student is recognized with a School award for outstanding service.