The Advisory Program is an important support program for every student and is embedded in the daily schedule. Middle schoolers meet with the same advisor twice a day (once a day on Wednesdays) throughout Grades 6–8, building consistency and trust. The advisor serves as a student’s primary advocate and plays a central role in ensuring that the student receives the necessary accommodations. Advisors provide organizational coaching, assisting students with organizing backpacks, lockers, and master notebooks. Advisory also provides time for individual student-advisor conferences, grade review, and school announcements.
Advisors work closely with students to help them develop a system to prioritize and make up work. For example, depending on a student’s need, the advisor may provide a daily homework sheet to keep up-to-the-day status on homework. The student takes the sheet to each teacher to complete with that evening’s homework and any missing assignments. The advisory schedule is intentionally designed to ensure that students know their current grades and are aware of any incomplete work when leaving for weekend:
Students also enjoy working together in their small advisory groups, or stretching themselves individually, to compete in monthly Advisory Challenges. Recent challenges have included door decorating contests, “name that tune” and “rock, paper, scissors” competitions, putting contests, and basketball shooting games.