Advisory & Electives

Advisory

Middle Schoolers meet daily in grade-level advisory groupings of 13-14 students (three advisories per grade). Forging connections with an advisor who forms strong relationships with the same small group of students for all three middle school years helps form trusting relationships that benefit students as they navigate the academic and social world of middle school.

A student’s advisor is the first person that Middle School students and their families go to for support. Advisors coach students through emotional ups and downs, help with organization and academic/homework management strategies, and take lead in teaching shared grade-level SEL curriculum to support how middle schoolers navigate their changing social and emotional landscapes. Advisory is where major current events are first discussed, and advisors facilitate the Middle School Service Learning program.

Consultancy

Part of the curriculum in Monday’s Advisory meeting is to help students assess and manage their academic work for the week ahead. Advisors do this by helping each student prepare for that week’s Consultancy program.

Consultancies are a time when each Middle School student meets with an academic teacher to  seek help on specific projects or concepts, or take their interest in a particular academic topic area further. Advisors guide their Middle School students in the process of assessing what help/support is needed in each subject, and provide scaffolding and encouragement as they learn to schedule effective, purpose-driven time with different teachers in order to take ownership of their own learning.

The emphasis in Advisory and Consultancy is on helping students become better self-advocates, upstanders within their personal and global communities, and to support their evolving sense of self — academically and personally. Consultancy and Advisory meet during the same time block after lunch, with Consultancy taking place two times a week, and advisory taking place three times a week.

Electives & Clubs

Students have the opportunity to take Art, Music, and Drama electives as part of their school day. Sixth graders take art, music, and drama, participating in one arts class each trimester. Seventh graders choose two arts electives on which to focus, switching on the semester, while eighth graders specialize in one selected subject all year long.

Clubs take place twice a week and students can take 1-2 Clubs per semester before switching to another set of Clubs for the second semester. Clubs are taught by the Middle School faculty and include Student Advisory Council, Podcasting, Arts/Crafting Clubs, Athletic Clubs, Innovation Workshop, Gardening, Yearbook, Music Clubs, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Service Learning with younger students, etc.

After school competitive sports, language academy, and other enrichment classes are available through the After School Activities Program.