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Collection # DRT-70.0-003

WA Upper School Scheduling Material,
1974- 2000

Main Entry: Academic Dean
Volume: 17 Files, 16 Volumes

Biographical/Historical Note:
Beginning in the 1960s, The Office of Academic Dean functioned much like an assistant principal, assisting in student class placement, faculty class assignments, permanent records maintenance, guardian of graduation requirements and student awards, and counseling. In the 1960s, Elmo Mitchell first served this position and then Aaron Turner. In the early 1970s, Roger Sloan, who first began teaching Social Studies in 1971, assumed these responsibilities. As the Upper School counseling program was gradually expanded from the 1970s, Sloan, as Academic Dean and Assistant Principal, became responsible for the entire underclass and college counseling programs. By 2000, when the counseling department had grown to nine full time positions, the job of Academic Dean had also become the Director of Guidance and had wide ranging responsibilities, including academic graduation requirements, grade distribution and verification, student academic awards banquets, college placement, and student scheduling and teacher scheduling. In 2000, Sloan also took a leading role in the establishment of the first on-line computer grading systems. For many decades, Sloan was also the official sponsor of the Randolph W. Thrower Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Scope and Content:
Arranged in chronological order, this collection consists of paper materials concerning student class scheduling and teacher schedules, 1974-2000. These papers consist of printed and handwritten pages from the Dean’s Office and Department Chairmen explaining student and teacher scheduling concerns from the spring of each year. Fifteen files of various papers cover mostly the period 1974-1990. Also included are two large bound curriculum guides, 1973-74 and 1982-83. During the 1990s the Dean’s Office each year produced staple-bound “Scheduling and Curriculum Guides” which the students used for scheduling classes for the next year. The collection also includes two “College Handbooks” from 1981 and 1985. Besides master scheduling information, the collection includes many examples of the always changing daily schedules of the Upper School and in File #10, 1979-1983, a five-page plan drafted by Ron McCollum, school chaplain, entitled, “Proposal For the Implementation of A Senior Seminar.”

Subject Headings:
Upper School- 60.0
College Counseling Office- 70.1


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