A Caring Community
From the moment they arrive on campus, students find themselves surrounded by caring, thoughtful peers and adults. Faculty members work together to ensure that all students feel safe and supported during their time at Mizzentop — and that they develop the skills they need to live healthy, balanced lives.

Faculty Members

Faculty members play a central role in guiding students’ intellectual development, both in and out of the classroom — as teachers, advisors, coaches, and club heads. Faculty serve as an anchor in all aspects of student life, taking a lead role in monitoring the academic and social progress of their students. Frequent collaboration between grades and divisions give them a unique perspective on each student’s growth and development, even after students progress to the next grade level.

Advisory Program

Our Middle School Advisory Program provides a system of support for students by designating a dedicated advisor for families and teachers to help build toward each child’s success. Each student’s advisor monitors their progress and offers encouragement, support, and assistance on academic, behavioral, and developmental issues. As the primary advocate for the Middle Schooler, the advisor attempts to establish a close rapport with the student as they work together to determine strategies for strengthening skills or study habits, improving time management, and directing attention and energy appropriately. Students are also engaged in activities throughout the community that further our shared commitment to helping others and appreciation of diversity.

Behavioral Coaching

We see ourselves as caring guides for children and young adolescents. Our faculty uses a behavioral coaching method known as STET, Systematic Training for Effective Teaching. The core principles of STET, as developed by Dr. Alfred Adler, psychotherapist and researcher, state that a child's primary goal is to belong and feel significant. We believe that a child is equal in value to adults, and that mistakes are opportunities to learn. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that each student feels encouraged and knows that they are loved.

Study Skills

Today, more than ever, a great education must equip young people with crucial skills as well as knowledge—skills such as the ability to work collaboratively, synthesize information, solve complex problems, and communicate effectively. Faculty work with students on time management, reading, and writing, and are available for extra help throughout the day.

Mindful Moments

From exploring the inner workings of the brain during "Brain Day" to practicing yoga during Physical Education classes, our students are frequently engaged in activities which center and bring peace to their otherwise busy day. Classrooms frequently incorporate "peace corners" which give students the opportunity to recharge in comfortable, unstructured spaces. Faculty receive ongoing professional development in order to better understand the scientific research which supports mindfulness in education.
Mindfulness at Mizzentop
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Sylvia Congett
Board Member, Mindfulness Committee Chair
sylviacongett@gmail.com
If you're familiar with Mizzentop's logo, you will recognize the words, "Explore, Experience, Discover." Through Mizzentop's curriculum, we encourage students to experience, discover, and explore the world around them. We are also committed to fostering students' exploration of their inner experience by introducing them to mindfulness practices throughout the day.

A broad definition of mindfulness refers to awareness of the present moment accompanied by a non-judgmental attitude of curiosity and openness. Mindfulness is considered a skill that can develop with practice. Research has shown that mindfulness practices show promise in the field of education, including areas of academic success, attention/concentration, emotional self-regulation, and pro-social ways of relating.

Since Mizzentop's curriculum includes fostering Living Values, such as peace and unity, we are excited to incorporate mindfulness practices in the exploration of such values. Being aware of one's values and choices at any given moment can often lead to choosing healthier options.