Living Here

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Your house (dorm) is likely where you will feel most at home. We live in 19 residential houses on the grounds – nine girls and nine boys, and one all-gender house – that range in style from the 19th-century Gothic architecture of Coit to the contemporary style of Con/20 and Kehaya. About 30 students live in each of our houses along with an average of three faculty members and their families. The all-gender house is smaller, with fewer students and faculty in residence. Two or more faculty advisers are also associated with the house.

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“Living in the dorm and being around people 24/7 has helped me make so many strong bonds. I think it’s the common spaces that make it so great.”
Each house has a large common room, which adjoins the resident faculty apartments. The common rooms are comfortably furnished, provide kitchen facilities, and often have fireplaces. Students and the faculty resident together organize life in their own houses, planning everything from daily chores to fun activities. When you check into your house at night, a faculty adviser or the head of house welcomes you and asks about your evening.

Each house has its own character, and students from all forms live together. Rooms are single, doubles, or triples. In your first year you will most likely be placed in a double room with a roommate. Your room is fully wired for high-speed connections to the Internet and the School's intranet and email system.


Your adviser, a faculty member who lives in your house (your dorm), will advise only a handful of students. Advisers are never far away when you need them, maintaining an awareness of what is happening in their advisees' lives. They are the first point of contact between parents and the School, and they are often the first adult to whom you will turn for help with any part of your life at school. This type of community is at the heart of the School’s fully residential experience.
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The Prefect Program provides a link between students and faculty within student houses, welcoming new members and ensuring the well-being of student members of this residential community. Prefects are Sixth Form residential leaders who are trained and selected for their role. Their goal as leaders is to make your life at School welcome, comfortable, safe, and enjoyable by setting positive examples for all who live and work in the house.

Big Siblings

It’s not always easy to navigate a new school and a new environment away from home. Each new student is assigned a returning student Big Sibling to help with the transition to boarding school life. Big siblings are usually Sixth Formers, and their responsibility is to provide guidance to the new student with whom they have been paired – everything from where to find one’s Chapel seat to how to retrieve mail at the SPS Post Office, to what to wear to Seated Meal. These relationships usually last long after the opening days of school.
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