The heart of an effective middle school is the relationship between students and teachers. For academic and social matters, each student is assigned to an advisory group with an advisor from the faculty of his/her respective grade. These groups meet on a regular basis for activities and discussions of grade-level matters or common concerns. The advisory system provides each student a social group where he/she belongs without question, and an adult advocate who knows him/her well.
Depending on his/her schedule, each student meets with his/her advisor several times each week. It is hoped that each student will develop a special relationship with his/her advisor, so that during times of stress or difficulty, the advisor can assume the roles of counselor, confidant, and friend.
The advisor, who may also teach each of her or his advisees, is the parents’ first contact at school. The advisor is the primary link between home and the school and should should be the first person to contact if information is needed or if there is a concern that needs to be addressed.