Middle School Advisory

The Advisory Program at CIS is a support system designed to help students feel a sense of belonging in the Middle School. Each student is assigned to a teacher/advocate who is responsible for overseeing that student's total performance and involvement in the Middle School. The advisory group provides a “home base” for each student as well. The Advisory Program is designed to

  • support and enhance students' academic success;
  • develop and enhance students’ self-awareness;
  • encourage a positive self-image;
  • help students with their relationships with others;
  • develop decision-making and problem-solving skills;
  • develop leadership skills; and
  • provide structured social activities.
  • Students meet in their advisory groups for 15 minutes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and on Wednesdays for 55 minutes.

    The advisor can be the first point of contact for parents and often facilitates communication between school and home.

    Rationale

    An Advisory Program is aimed at bridging the gap between the self-contained elementary classroom and the high school system. In this transitional period, middle school students need steady adult support and direction in the context of a stable peer group. The advisor becomes a mentor and advocate for a small group of students. Advisors and students get to know each other for more than an academic perspective. By improving communication, students’ social and academic concerns can be resolved and more learning can occur. Fully functioning students are more likely to be happy, confident, and successful.

    Early adolescence (years 11-14) is a transition period of marked growth and change, including a search for identity, emotional flux, tremendous changes in self-concept, sex role identification, rapid body growth, puberty, a need for peer approval, and development of new mental operations. An advisory program fosters a sense of belonging in a world that can seem to be out of control for adolescents, and it provides avenues for students to communicate their concerns about transitioning into young adulthood.