Notes from the Grade 12 Dean

Please see below for important Grade 12 Information. Have a wonderful summer!

Your Grade 12 Class Dean,

Yolanda Keener 

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2020, who have all but completed their community service hours and submitted required paperwork. May they continue to make a difference in the lives of others! Many thanks for your parental support in their various endeavors.         

Grade 12 Parents: Navigating the Senior Year, A Road Map for Parents -Tuesday, September 3, 6:30 p.m. Please join Senior Class Dean Yolanda Keener, Dean of Students Lisa Craig, Upper School Director Chris Lynch and our College Counselors, Tish Peterson and Katie McEnroe for this overview of the exciting (and often very emotional) year ahead. We’ll discuss what to expect from your increasingly independent and busy daughter, how best to support her, and how we try to keep them focused and positive here at school. We will also distribute and review the Passport to the Senior Year, a guide to the special events that lie ahead.

Parking Permits – Grades 11 & 12 ONLY

Due to space limitations, student parking on campus is limited to Juniors and Seniors. Students should see Mr. Luis Somarriba, Security, at the Front Desk to register their car and to get a parking hangtag. If they currently have a hangtag, students must still fill out a registration form for the upcoming school year with their current hangtag number inserted on the form. Remember, no students may park on campus without a hangtag after the first week of classes.

Planning College Visits: Please keep in mind, as you look toward September and October for final college visits, how difficult it is for students to miss valuable class time, especially as they take on classes that may be at the AP level. Fall athletes often have weekend commitments that they must honor as well. For this reason, we encourage you to use the two long weekends in October for college visits, provided your daughter has no athletic contests, drama rehearsals or other commitments. They are October 11-14  (Friday through Monday).

GRADUATION DRESS SUGGESTION: Also on the planning ahead front: now is actually a good time to think about finding a graduation dress or suit and shoes on the summer sale racks! However, there are special requirements for the dresses regarding length, color, straps, heels, etc. Yolanda Keener, Senior Class Dean, wants to make sure you have the important details listed below before you get started.


Graduation dresses must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • white, ivory, or off-white dresses OR an appropriately formal white pantsuit
  • ½” -1” minimum shoulder strap; no tank, halter, or strapless looks
  • the back of the dress must have a back as high as regular bra
  • dresses should be lined or worn with a full slip
  • a side or back slit must be no higher than the knees
  • if dress has beading or lace, it must be minimal
  • traditional/ethnic/native dress is suitable and welcomed as long as it adheres to the color requirement

We are looking to achieve a young, fresh look for our graduates


  • comfortable, flat or low heeled shoes are preferable
  • color – white, off–white, or clear
  • no flip flops or athletic shoes