Residential Life

Student with Mom

At SAS, we believe that adolescents thrive when they have a team of adults who know them and care for them. Our residential houses are intentionally small, just 14-27 residents, so that the students develop deep bonds with their housemates and with the team of residential house parents responsible for their well-being. All residential houses have at least one faculty member living in an attached residence and some have as many as three. The rest of the residential team lives in proximity on campus. Groups of students are frequently in faculty residences for social events, cooking nights, or the opportunity to enjoy the company of faculty children and/or pets.

Equipped for Your Comfort

Each residential house also includes amenities for comfortable living. Students usually live in doubles with a roommate who is assigned to them their first year and chosen by them in subsequent years. In addition to beds, desks, dressers, and closets (plenty of space for clothes and personal items), all houses (all of campus) are Wifi accessible. The houses also have laundry facilities and a commons room with a television and microwave. All houses and rooms are air conditioned.

The Hub of Activity

At some day/boarding schools, the boarders feel left behind at the end of the day. Not at SAS. Day students seem to be on campus almost as much as the boarding students and frequently participate in weekend activities or school-sponsored trips. Boarding students are regularly invited to spend an evening or weekend off-campus with day friends and their families.

Family-Style Dinners

Food brings people together. At SAS, students and residential faculty gather each month for a family-style dinner and conversation in Robinson Dining Hall. Every table is assigned to a faculty family, and students are assigned to each table. Assignments change each month, allowing students and faculty families to get to connect with each other and to slow the busy pace of our daily lives.

 

I love that we hung out with our teachers outside of class just for fun and not because we had to. I loved being in the dorm, because it was like a 24/7 sleepover with all of my friends, and I loved playing sports here because the coaches were also our teachers and friends. There is honestly no way a person could list all the amazing qualities this community has.

Greer Sims '10, Georgia College Univ. '14

Residential Life FAQs

Who is responsible for my child’s non-academic life?

You and your child benefit from a team of people who are involved in your child’s life.

The Advisor: Your child will have an advisor assigned to them their first year at SAS. After their first year, they will have the opportunity to choose their advisor. Your child and their advisor sit together for all-school gatherings and meet each Thursday for a general check-in. Your child’s advisor is your main contact when you have any questions or concerns.

The Residential Team: Each residential house has a team of four residential house parents who supervise students in the house, help students during study hours, and plan social events for the residents. To provide a diversity of experiences for our students, each house may run a little differently, but all residential teams will provide supervision, help students to stay on task during study hours, and plan social events and service opportunities for the residents. Your child’s house parent team will communicate with you at the beginning of the year as to how their particular house runs and the best way to contact them if you have questions or concerns. Your child is assigned to a house in their first year but may request a house in subsequent years.

The Residential Life Coordinator: Marin Miller, our Residential Life Coordinator, provides logistical support to the Residential Teams.

The Dean of Students: Interim Dean of Students Geoffrey Smith manages and supervises all non-academic activities on campus.

It’s 2 a.m. and my child isn’t feeling well. What do we do?

  You or your child may contact the houseparent on site or the Administrator-on-Call (AOC).

My child is working on a project with a student in another Residential House. How do they get together during Study Hours?

Students may work together by obtaining permission from their supervising house parent and either welcoming that student into their house common room or meeting at Agee Library.

My child is having a hard time. Who can I call to check on them?

The first person to contact is your child’s advisor. If the problem is immediate, the advisor will either look in on your child or ask someone else to. If the issue is more of a long term concern, your child’s advisor will initiate a process that will bring several adults together to create a “care team” for your child. Depending on the nature of the concerns, the care team may include your child’s houseparents, teachers, our chaplain, and/or our mental health counselor. You will be kept abreast of any meetings, plans, or outcomes.

How do we keep track of where my child is?

In August 2019, we will begin using Boardingware, an online system that will help us to keep track of parent permissions and student sign-outs, leaves, etc. This will provide you with more flexibility in when you give us information or permissions for weekends and breaks and will give campus staff another layer of information for knowing where students are.

How does my child use the Library or Tech Lab after hours?

On most nights during Study Hours (7:30-9:30 p.m.), the Agee Library and Tech Lab will be open for use by our students. Your child will obtain permission from the residential staff member on their hall that evening to go to the Simmonds Building. Students will be expected to remain on task while in the Library or Tech Lab. If a student does not meet that expectation, permission may not be granted in the future.

My child is on Supervised Study. What does that mean?

If a student is struggling academically, they will be placed on Supervised Study and be expected to be in the shared study room on their hall during Study Hours. This allows the residential staff to provide these students with a higher level of supervision and assistance. Ultimately, the student is responsible for their own study habits and academic success, but Supervised Study attempts to provide an added layer of accountability.

My child is not on supervised study. How do I know they are studying?

During Study Hours, the supervising house parent will be checking in on students to see that they are using their time wisely.

More questions and answers specifically about room arrangements, what to bring, cell phone service, etc. can be found at www.sasweb.org/moving_in

Typical Weekday Schedule

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. All-School Gatherings/Advisory

Students meet for a Eucharist service on Monday and for announcements or special presentations on Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday students meet with their advisors.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Classes begin

See weekly class schedule.

3:30 p.m. Afternoon Programs
5:45 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Student Union open/Supply runs
7:30 p.m. Study Hours begin
9:30 p.m. Wind down
10:30 p.m. Lights out