School Life

Counseling & Advising

Wellness

At Bayside Academy, we place a premium on balancing happiness and high achievement. In an increasingly dynamic, unpredictable world, it is essential that the social and emotional well-being of our community members, most notably our faculty and students, remains precious. We are committed to explicitly generating discussions and activities centered on wellness across grade levels. Whether it be discussing the value of empathy and inclusion with Lower School students, community service with our Intermediate and Middle School students, or taking part in a yoga class in the Upper School, Bayside community members are intentional about preserving a healthy state of body and mind. In turn, our faculty and students continue to stretch themselves and achieve on an elite level. We believe the balance between happiness and high achievement is a hallmark of the Bayside experience.

Counseling

Bayside Academy's counselors work with students, faculty, and parents on key issues affecting the mental health and general wellness of students and the school community. They support academic, behavioral, and social/emotional student success and are key members of the educational team. Each division has its own dedicated counselor. The Bayside counseling program offers individual and small group support, peer mentoring, programming relevant to students' emotional and mental health, involvement in service-learning opportunities, developmentally appropriate guidance lessons, and outside counseling referrals when needed.

Meet Our Counselors

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Cristina Green

    Cristina Green 

    Lower School Counselor
    (251) 338-6482
  • Photo of Andi Millsap

    Andi (Cox) Millsap 04

    Intermediate School Counselor
    (251) 338-6374
  • Photo of Cindy Frederick

    Cindy Frederick 

    Upper School Counseling
    (251) 338-6467

Advising

Bayside’s advisory program is built around our belief that a holistic approach to education yields positive dividends for members of the Bayside learning community. Students are intentionally placed into advisories based upon gender and grade level and remain in these groups throughout Upper School. New students are adopted into the advisory system, prompting acceptance and integration.

The Bayside advisory program is developed collaboratively through the office of the dean of students, the Upper School counselor, the head of Upper School, and the students themselves. Bayside students develop formative relationships with their advisors through weekly topical discussions, social and emotional reflection, course selection, academic guidance, and other meaningful topics that students feel are relevant in their daily lives.

Meet Our Grade Deans

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Adam Peturis

    Adam Peturis 

    Upper School Spanish Teacher / 7th Grade Boys Dean
    (251) 338-6406
  • Photo of Gail Tart

    Gail Tart 

    Upper School English Teacher / 7th Grade Girls Dean
    (251) 338-6364
  • Photo of Wade Long

    Wade Long 

    Upper School History Teacher / History Department Chair / 8th Grade Boys Dean
    (251) 338-6397
  • Photo of Carolyn Pearigen

    Carolyn Pearigen 

    Upper School History Teacher / 8th Grade Girls Dean
    (251) 338-6357
  • Photo of Hillary Rolin

    Hillary Rolin 

    Upper School Math Teacher / SGA Instructor /9th Grade Dean
    (251) 338-6378
  • Photo of Sam Small

    Sam Small 

    Upper School Science Teacher / Scholars Bowl Coordinator / 10th Grade Dean
    (251) 338-6424
  • Photo of Douglas Robertson

    Douglas Robertson 05

    Upper School History Teacher / 11th Grade Dean
    (251) 338-6410
  • Photo of Adam Richardson

    Adam Richardson 

    Upper School History Teacher / SGA Instructor / 12th Grade Dean
    (251) 338-6353
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