Advisory contributes to a school climate where students feel safe and connected and helps to foster an environment in which students can achieve personal, social/emotional, and academic success.
TA’s advisory program is designed to help achieve the school mission and is integral to the academic engagement and student well-being goals of the strategic plan. Key goals of the program include:
- to ensure that every student is known well by at least one adult in the school
- to develop small learning communities of students and provide a sense of belonging for all students
- to foster student voice and input on school and social issues
- to guide students to take responsibility for their own learning and become more aware of themselves as learners
- to support progress toward graduation and post-secondary planning
Teachers serve as faculty advisors, each leading a small group of 10-12 advisees in the same grade. Advisors help orient students and serve as their advocates, looking out for their needs and interests throughout the year. They help students develop their Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) and provide a forum in which they can reflect on their academic growth and progress with schoolwide transferable skills. Advisors also play an important liaison role for parents and guardians.
Advisory groups spend time together on projects, plan activities, carry out community service, and discuss school-wide issues.