Middle School Advisory Program
Each Middle School student has an advisor, who serves as an essential link between the school and the home and who ensures that each student is known and supported. Advisors start each day with their advisees in their first period class.
In 6th grade, advisors end each day with their advisees, while in 7th and 8th grade advisors end some days each week with their advisees. Advisors regularly review the academic and developmental progress of students and also coordinate with other members of the grade level team to ensure that student academic and social needs are being met.
Upper School Advisory Program
The Upper School Advisory Program helps students examine educational and personal goals related to special interests, strengths, and weaknesses. While it is true that the responsibility for achieving excellence ultimately falls in the hands of the student, advisors provide guidance and support.
Class Deans for freshmen and sophomores join with the College Counselors (who schedule rising juniors and seniors) to oversee and advise students on course selection and to monitor graduation requirements, and with the student’s Faculty Advisor to connect with students and support their navigation of the Upper School experience. Faculty Advisors keep a an eye on academic performance, emotional, and social issues, and know advisees well enough to serve as an informed and encouraging sounding board.
- Monitor the academic progress of each advisee
- Advocate for each advisee by helping him or her examine options and make responsible choices
- Collaborate with Class Deans and College Counselors to establish a system of in-school communication, so all professionals working with a particular student have systematic and consistent information to help each student succeed academically and socially
- Suggest study techniques and organizational skills to meet students where they are and encourage advisees to take command
- Guide students to countless campus resources, all here to support individual growth and personal development throughout the Upper School years
Faculty members serve as advisors. Advisory groups meet once per week. During these meetings, all advisors and advisees meet to discuss the academic calendar, campus events and issues, community service opportunities, community standards, sports and upcoming activities, clubs, etc.
Advisors also host informal advisee group outings, which range from gathering for lunch on campus or at their favorite dinner spot to engaging in a friendly game of laser tag, attending a Lancer sporting event, etc. Though only weekly meetings are scheduled, advisees have an open door to their Advisor, Class Dean, and College Counselor outside of scheduled advisory time and are encouraged to seek them out throughout the school year.