Advising

The advisory program is a key structure put into place to ensure that all students are known well and supported academically, socially, and emotionally. The program's mission-driven objectives are to build trusting relationships, develop ethical behavior, and to foster collaboration between the advisor, student, and parents/guardians. The program is also an avenue to help students understand their strengths of character and the contributions they can make to their personal growth as well as to their local, national, and global communities. The program’s objective is to build and maintain open lines of communication between the school, the student, and each student’s parents or guardians. Advisors monitor their advisees’ progress, and when necessary for the advisees’ well-being, consult with parents and teachers. All students have an advisor and each advisor works with approximately ten advisees. Advisories meet once during each five-day cycle of classes.

Advisors are concerned with the academic and social growth of their advisees. Advisors help their advisees develop a sense of “self,” as well as a sense of class unity and responsibility. Advisors strive to develop a trusting relationship and seek to maintain open communication with each advisee. Throughout the year, advisors are in regular communication with a Grade Level Coordinator and/or the Assistant Principal's Office should there be issues or concerns which need attention.

The goal of the advisory program is to develop communication between advisors, teachers, parents and school administration that is regular, informative and meaningful. Should academic problems arise in a specific course, parents should first contact the individual teacher. At any time, however, parents are welcome to include their child’s advisor or other school personnel to enhance the quality of communication.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conference

The function of the Parent/Student/Teacher Conference is to provide an additional opportunity for communication between the advisor, the student and the parents. At each conference, advisors work with students to lead the discussion, setting and measuring goals throughout the school year. The advisor also receives information from each of the student's teachers and is able to address the student's development holistically. Conferences are held four times per year.

Grade Level Teams

Each advisor works closely with the grade level team. Teams meet on a weekly basis, sharing curriculum, developing age-appropriate expectations, and discussing student-specific issues. This conversation, guided by one advisor who serves as the Grade Level Coordinator, helps teachers collaborate and best meet the needs of the grade as a whole and of students as individuals.
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