Middle School students meet daily with their advisors, who provide sensitive guidance and encouragement during these critical years. The advisors serve as the primary liaison between the School and the home. Each advisor typically has about nine advisees. The advisor is the initial primary point of contact for parents in the event of any issues in Middle School.
Advisory groups meet once per cycle for a full class period. During this time students cover character education, service learning, and have individual discussions with their advisor regarding academics. Advisory groups also meet every morning between 8:20 and 8:30. Lastly, the end of the day study hall (held every day) is held with a student’s advisor.
During morning advisory sessions, advisors will take attendance and will routinely ask the following three questions.
- How did last night go?
- Are you prepared for today?
- Is there anything you would like to see me about later today?
As mentioned above, each student ends the day in a 45 or 50 minute study hall/tutorial period proctored by their advisor. At the end of this session, the advisor will have the opportunity to ask:
- How did your day go?
- Do you know what your homework is?
- Have you packed everything you need for tonight?
- Is there anything you would like to talk about?
Each grade level team meets every three weeks to discuss students as well. This is a time when any issues that may be surfacing are discussed and strategies for change are brainstormed and initiated. The student and in some cases the parent may be asked to attend one of these meetings.
Many students will come to school early and meet with teachers before school for extra help. In addition, we have the Chester County Intermediate Unit on campus a few days a week; they provide reading and math support for our students who need it.