Partnership elements The 12
How the Partnership of 12 supports students Every single NMH program involves adults who support each participating student. Through group meetings, informal conversations, and a network of collaborating adults on campus, the school maintains a high level of engagement with and care of students.
Every student has an advisor, and each advisor has direct responsibility for 5–7 students.
Students and their advisors are based in the same dorm. This means that all advisors either live in the dorm and/or have regular evening responsibilities in the dorm. This provides quick access to the group, allows advisors to establish an adult community presence in each dorm, and enables the advisors to understand and monitor group dynamics taking place in the dorm. Dorm staffs meet every other week to discuss students, plan activities, schedule duties, etc.
Student-Teacher Ratios per Semester
NMH faculty members teach approximately 26 students each semester. Because teachers have residential responsibilities and serve as advisors, they are able to observe and support students in the evening and on weekends.
Well-trained student Residential Leaders (RLs) meet biweekly with adults based in their dorms. RLs are integral in supporting students as individuals, and as part of the dorm, they help maintain a positive dorm culture.
Director of Advising
The director of advising oversees the formal element of the advising program: weekly meetings between students and advisors that follow a curriculum to support goal setting, self-evaluation, selection of classes, and other advising topics.
Individual Digital Folders
Each student has an active digital file that contains communication about their life on campus — kudos, concerns, and other information. This folder is managed by the student’s advisor; contributions are made by the student’s partnership group. Two dorm-based electronic folders exist for the students and the faculty associated with each dorm. The first is accessible only to the faculty, allowing the adults to communicate with each other about student concerns, general duty notes, and the smooth functioning of the dorm. The second is accessible to students and faculty, and provides daily news and information about dorm activities.
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