The Advisory program in the Middle and Upper Schools is crafted with purpose to provide an avenue for student support and growth. Each student is assigned an advisor, with Middle School students getting a new advisor each school year, while Upper School students keep the same advisor for four years beginning in grade 9.
Students view their advisor as a mentor, a personal cheerleader, or someone who could guide them if a challenge arises. The school views the advisor as the person on campus who knows and best cares for each student and will be a trusted counselor and supporter.
Advisory groups meet weekly to discuss current adolescent topics and social issues, reflect on guest speakers and school topics, perform service-learning projects, guide academic progress, and to simply connect with one another. The advisory groups become a constant, tight-knit, school family for each student.
The advisory structure also provides a framework for students to be involved in Chapel, school-wide events, and retreats both on and off campus. Advisors seek to know the students beyond the classroom, and serve as a liaison for their parents, teachers, coaches and administrators to work together for the benefit of the student.