Each Upper School student belongs to an advisory, which is a group of about 10 students from their grade. Students begin every class day checking in with their Advisor and this daily touch-point is a key part of the Upper School culture. Advisories become important, close-knit communities for US students and students stay with an Advisory for 9th and 10th grades before being placed in a second Advisory for 11th and 12th grades.
An Advisor is the first contact for students and families, supporting the growth of each individual student. Advisors closely monitor the academic, extracurricular, and social lives of their advisees. They also communicate with the advisee's parents, conduct the official parent conferences in the fall and spring, and play a key role in the course selection process.
Advisories meet every Wednesday morning. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss school issues, to review grades and comments, and to socialize. In addition, advisories sit together in assembly and get together to do break and lunch duty.