ACS MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVISORY PROGRAM
ACS believes that the heart of education lies in a close relationship between students and faculty. To this end we rely on the Advisory System to make sure that every student has at least one faculty member to whom he or she can turn for advice, reassurance, warmth, concern, openness and understanding. The advisors will be their advisee's advocate and have their best interests at heart at all times. This does not mean that the advisor will always agree with the student, but that the advisor will stand with the student, assisting him or her in receiving the most benefit from his or her years in the ACS Middle School. Students meet with advisors during regular scheduled advisory meeting periods, and in addition, advisors will work out schedules of meetings, appointments and activities with their advisees to develop close relationships and handle special problems or difficulties as they arise. Advisors are also encouraged to communicate regularly with their advisee’s parents, and parents are encouraged to be in touch with advisors on matters of concern about their children’s progress whenever there is a need.
The specific duties and responsibilities for advisors are listed below:
The Advisor Is the Academic Expert on Each Advisee as such the advisor:
- Contributes to the understanding of other staff members of the academic strengths, weaknesses, problems, and interests of each student
- Serves as a liaison between their advisees and other teachers if needed
- Assists students in learning strategies
- Assists students in the process of developing and clarifying special interests and aptitudes
The Advisor Is the School Advocate and Guide for Each Student
As such the advisor:
- Attempts to build a relationship with each student that is characterized by caring, trust, and honesty
- Knows each student and his/her background as thoroughly as possible
- Is an available buffer between student, general faculty, administration, parent, and community
- Contributes to the understanding of other staff members of the personal strengths, weaknesses, problems, and interests of each advisee
- Attempts to see that each student acquires an increasingly positive self-image
- Participates in and plans for parent conferences concerning the personality and behavior of the advisee as needed.
The Advisor Assists with the Social and Emotional Education and Maturation of Advisees
As such the advisor:Attempts to create a sense of belonging and responsibility through participation in advisory activities
- Conducts activities during the advisory period which focus on increasing social skills of advisees and on growth in personal and interpersonal understanding
- Assists students in developing more mature reasoning abilities
- Helps students learn to work in a group and to realize the need for getting along with others in order to meet individual and group needs
- Assists students in the appreciation of individual differences
- Plans and organizes house activities to be conducted on selected school days throughout the year during Advisory Block and school trips.
Adapted from The Exemplary Middle School, 2nd edition, pp. 234-235. New York: Harcourt Brace College Publishers.