Every student has the right to expect peace, reasonable privacy, respect for feelings and belongings, and a tranquil living environment in his or her dorm room. As the dormitory is a student's temporary home, as well as the more permanent home of the dorm faculty, consideration for others and community spirit are especially vital. When cooperation and understanding prevail, residential life becomes the source of meaningful and lasting friendships.
The House system is the center of student life at TASIS, and every student and faculty member is a member or associate of one of our seven Houses: six associated with dormitories, and the Day Student "House". The House System provides students with a sense of community as they meet with their groups once a week for the entire year. House meetings serve a variety of purposes including outside speakers, discussions, films, news updates and social events.
Every student at TASIS has a faculty advisor to provide guidance and support. Working with students both individually and in small groups, the Advisor serves as the student's counselor, disciplinarian, friend, role model, and listener. Advisor groups meet regularly and dine together at Wednesday's family-style dinner. The Advisor, with the close cooperation of the other members of the School's Administration and faculty, pulls together information about all aspects of a student's life at school.
All students in grades 9-12 participate in one or two hours per week of Service Learning. The goals of the program are to encourage students to develop leadership skills and to serve the School and surrounding community. It is hoped that after developing the habit of community service, students will continue this throughout their lives. A variety of global and local opportunities are available.
A Proctor is a PG, senior, or junior in very good standing who has applied and been selected for a major leadership role within the School. Proctors are chosen based on their careers as members of the TASIS community, their potential as leaders, their ability to give of themselves fairly, and their commitment to serving as appropriate role models to other students.
Students participate in the running of the school through the Student Council. The Student Council is made up of class representatives and officers elected by the student body as a whole. They act as a student voice for ways to improve the school by working with administrators to discuss issues that affect student life. The Student Council makes formal proposals to the administration regarding school policies and fields concerns from students about academic, dorm, discipline, and social issues.
There are various clubs on campus dedicated to specialized interests: Model UN and Model Congress give students experience in political debate. The Yearbook chronicles the year, and the student newspaper provides an outlet for student writing. Vox Populi is a student literary magazine which showcases student artwork, writing, and photography. Two high school drama productions, a middle school production, and an elementary school play are put on each year. Choral and instrumental groups perform throughout the year.
Contact Residential Life Coordinator, Josh Keith
for more information on any of these programs or activities.