Upper School advisory is designed to provide students a small group environment of safety, trust, and support within the larger school community. This setting provides the opportunity for close connections between students and faculty.
Each student is placed with an Upper School faculty or staff member, who advocates for the student in all areas of campus life, and is an adult to whom a student can turn when concerns arise. With the exception of ninth grade, students in grades 10–12 are typically mixed together and most students stay with the same advisor through the senior year.
The advisor is the parent’s first point of contact regarding a student. Since advisors receive frequent updates from teachers, they have a clear picture of a student’s overall progress. In addition, advisors are able to quickly and confidentially communicate information to others on campus who can offer additional assistance.
Ninth Grade Advisory
Transitioning to the Upper School requires learning a new campus, a new schedule, new teachers, and different academic expectations. Ninth graders are grouped in grade level advisories to ease the transition process. Through weekly meetings, advisors address common concerns specific to the ninth grade experience:
- Time management
- Study skills
- Exam preparation
- Social and emotional adjustment
- Academic independence
- First steps in the college process
Ninth grade advisors meet regularly to discuss common concerns and, as a result, help shape the ninth grade experience.