The Dean System
- photo by Bess Garison
Kinkaid’s mission is to promote educational excellence, personal responsibility, and balanced growth, and thereby to help students discover and develop their talents and fulfill their best potential. The Deans’ Office works to support students in their four-year journey through the Upper School, advising and counseling them in academic and social matters, including the college application process.
The Dean Model is established to provide counsel and support for students with regard to academic achievement, personal accountability, and social dynamics. The deans work as a team and frequently collaborate to best serve students. While students and parents work primarily with their assigned dean, that work is informed by the broad expertise and varied experiences of the entire Deans’ Office and the other members of the Student Support Team.
The Deans strive to incorporate the Kinkaid Core Values into their work with students and their families, encouraging honest and open communication. Throughout upper school, the Deans support students as they learn to take responsibility for their experience and develop self-advocacy skills. They do this work by exploring areas of interests and building confidence in their abilities while exhibiting respect and kindness for others and for themselves.
The Deans' Office:
Upper School Profile
Kinkaid is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), an organization of secondary school counselors and college admission officers. Kinkaid is also a member of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS).
Serving as an advisor and counselor, the dean works closely with the student in selecting classes, and meets with the student to review grades, set goals and assist with any academic challenges. With strong skills in academic counseling, deans guide their students to become independent learners and develop self-advocacy skills.
Playing an important role for both the student and parents, the dean is the primary liaison between Kinkaid and the family. The Deans’ Office hosts evening parent meetings by grade at the start of the school year. These meetings provide parents with appropriate grade level information based on the student’s year in the Upper School.