Advising & Support
Advisory groups function as a “home base” in Middle School, with advisors helping to facilitate students’ overall academic and social growth. As such, students feel known—and parents know that someone is keeping an eye on the big picture of their child’s school experience. The advisor functions as the point person for families, as well as a “holder” of the whole child within the school.
Students meet in their advisory groups (homerooms) at the start of each day for a morning greeting and daily announcements. Advisories also convene at least once each week during “community block,” as well as serve as places to prepare for Meeting for Worship.
Advisors help foster students’ social and emotional growth as individuals and members of the community, and the advisory program helps set the tone for a safe and nurturing learning environment. One head advisor in each grade coordinates advisory group and team activities.
The school’s learning specialist works with all new students when they arrive, and then works individually or in small groups with children who need ongoing support. There is also a teacher who works with individuals or small groups of students who need extra help in mathematics. In eighth grade, an extra algebra period is scheduled each week for students who would benefit from additional support, and another period can be set aside for help with writing.