The Advent School | Volunteering
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The Role of the Parent

At Advent, the way we invite students to be active participants in their learning is an act of social justice. Faculty listen to and build relationships with students, making them aware that their ideas are central to their learning and changing our world for the better.

A key tenet of Advent’s pedagogy is rooted in Reggio Emilia. The Reggio philosophy emphasizes parent engagement, which is known as the Role of the Parent: “We recognize that each family brings a unique perspective to the classroom and welcome parents’ active participation in our program.”

Since Advent’s founding in 1961, each family has played an important role in building the School’s community. The School is fortunate to receive both financial and volunteer support from parents. The School strives to create a culture of engagement where each member contributes at their personal capacity.

Tori Frappolli, Community Engagement Coordinator, works with the community to identify the areas of most volunteer need. Since not every parent is able to volunteer on campus, we also welcome support in the form of in-kind donations. Please contact Tori at or (617) 742-0520 x 32 with questions about volunteering.

Opportunities for parental involvement at The Advent School cover a wide range and vary considerably as to the degree of skill and time required. Some parents focus their energies on events specific to their child’s class, while others enjoy helping out at one of our many school-wide events. The School strives to create opportunities for all parents, including parents with limited time to volunteer.