Advising

Overview
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 maintain open lines of communication and foster collaboration between the advisor, student, and parents/guardians
  • to be an avenue for delivering the Habits of Mind and Heart Curriculum, which helps students understand their strengths of character and the contribution this understanding makes to their personal growth, as well as to their local, national, and global communities
  • to foster an appreciation for the strengths of others in their class and to work throughout the year to build trusting relationships with each other

Advisories are regularly scheduled during the school day and meet between two and five times per six-day cycle of classes.

Role of Advisor
Advisors are concerned with the academic and social/emotional growth of their advisees. Advisors help their advisees develop a sense of “self,” as well as a sense of class unity and responsibility. 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 to twelve advisees. Throughout the year, advisors meet regularly with other advisors on the grade level team, and also with the Principal, Upper School Director or Middle School Director should there be issues or concerns which need attention. The advisor, student and parents/guardians meet three times per year for formal conferences, beginning with the “Meet and Greet” conference before the first day of school.


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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