Health & Wellness
The Marlborough faculty and staff take very seriously their role in providing a safe and supportive environment in which students learn and lead each day. Those involved in nurturing a student’s academic goals, health, and well-being (parents, teachers, psychologists, and administrators) work as a team, together with the student, when questions or problems arise. Beyond that network of trusted adults, Marlborough also provides a number of resources to support students during difficult and challenging times.
Upper School students may speak with their divisional school psychologist, Dr. Marisa LaDuca Crandall, and Middle School students have access to the school psychologist for Middle School, Morgan Duggan. Both psychologists are available full time to provide support to students, teachers, and parents. The school psychologists are able to provide a safe, private place on campus for a student to talk about whatever is on her mind. Often, having the opportunity to think out loud, along with someone who is trained to think with you, can be very helpful in developing a broader range of options for conflict or problem resolution.
Students sometimes seek out their peers for advice and mentoring on many adolescent issues. The Peers Are Listening (PALs) program exists to help students develop social/emotional competencies and create a culture of support and understanding among the students of Marlborough. Upper School students trained in empathetic listening skills act as a resource and support for Middle School students regarding personal or academic concerns. Both the mentor and mentee benefit from this program in regards to social and emotional learning opportunities.
MAP was formed by a small group of Upper School students in the 2016-2017 school year in order to increase accurate knowledge and decrease stigma around mental health and wellness. This group is open to all students and offers lunchtime informational meetings, ally groups, and sponsors fun events to foster healthy stress management among students and faculty.
At Marlborough, students are encouraged to build meaningful relationships with each other and with the adults in their lives. To this end, students are placed into advising groups and with advisors for the entirety of their time in each division (i.e. a student will be in the same advising group with the same advisor in grades 7-9 and then in 10-12). In addition to relationship building, the Advisory curriculum strives to foster the student’s awareness of her own social, emotional, and cognitive development. This program also stresses the importance of and provides assistance with the development of healthy and effective life skills such as anti-harassment skills, self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, healthy relationship skills, and overall thoughtful decision-making in the real and virtual worlds.