A Bridge Between Worlds

Boarding students have two homes. Our advisory program helps bridge the gap between those worlds.

The advisory program at Pomfret pairs students with a faculty advisor who guides them in choosing courses and managing academic and extra-curricular schedules, and is someone you can turn to with any concerns. At Pomfret, students have two formal opportunities to meet with their advisor each week — during advisory dinner on Monday and advisory block on Thursday. Pomfret's program is distinguished by a network of faculty advisors, working together, sharing information, to support each and every student across every facet of school life.

At the heart of the advisory experience is the faculty advisor: a surrogate parent who is always available to offer advice or lend a hand, through the good times and the bad. Todd Matthew, who chairs the English Dept. and coaches boys soccer and lacrosse, touches base with his advisees at least once a week outside the set meeting times. “Students don’t always need something specific when we meet as a group so I make it a point to check in with each advisee individually every week so that I know what’s going on with them in classes, sports, friendships, etc. They just need to be heard and my job is to listen and to be their advocate.” Of course no two advisor-advisee relationships are ever the same. “Last winter I had to track down an advisee to share some difficult family news,” says Quinn Brueggemann, who teaches history and coaches lacrosse. “I found her at the rink. As we talked through the situation, we ate Ben and Jerry’s in my car. It was pouring rain outside, and in that moment I realized… this girl was my family.”

"Every time we get together, it feels like a family reunion. Our advisory group is the best support system I could ever ask for." - Anastasia Kozitskaia ’18