Learning at Commonwealth
The relationships between outstanding teachers and bright, motivated students are the core of a Commonwealth education. Ask students what sets this School apart, and they usually begin their answers with “great teachers.”
Teachers Ready to Help
Commonwealth has always been known for the distinction of its faculty. Most have earned advanced degrees, many continue to do research in their fields, and all love working closely with young people. Our small classes and 5-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio permit frequent individual conferences between students and teachers—for questions about material or assignments, to explore further a point raised in class, or to discuss other matters pertaining to School or to the world outside.
Advice and Support
Beyond the classroom, teachers also serve as advisors to an average of six students. In this capacity, they meet regularly one-on-one with advisees to discuss academic matters, to develop strategies to manage time and work, or to share ideas, interests, or concerns. For students who may need more support, Commonwealth offers some accommodation, including tutorial help and twice weekly monitored evening study halls. The school also maintains regular contact with specialists who provide testing and counseling.
Attending to Every Student
The School carefully assesses the progress of its students. Four times a year, for one or two full days, the faculty assembles for “grading meetings.” Advisors gather teachers’ comments and run short discussions, asking relevant questions pertaining to each student’s curricular and/or extracurricular performance. In the school report sent home, a cover letter from the advisor accompanies the grades and comments. Advisors, who know their advisees well, thus act both as advocates for their charges and as point person for communication between parents and the School.