Advisory is initiated with a parent/student/advisor conference in which goals and expectations for the year are set. Each advisory group includes students from all Middle School grades and meets three times per seven-day rotation. These three sessions each have a different theme and focus, adding meaningful variation to the program.
Advisory groups meet to discuss specific topics, from study skills to current events. Students can talk through challenges, ideas or observations with each other and with their advisor and receive positive coaching related the development of various skills.
Students are exposed to a variety of challenges requiring design thinking and problem solving skills. Students work through the process of ideation, prototyping and revision, learning to empathize with end users to solve problems and generate ideas from specific feedback.
Game days focus on collegial competition and team building. Highlands five advisory groups compete against one another in student/faculty designed obstacle courses and challenges, strengthening communication and collaboration in a high-energy, active environment.
Highlands School's Middle School Advisory Mission Statement
Provide a safe, secure environment for students to develop socially and emotionally
Create strong relationships among the student body and throughout the school community
Instill advocacy for every student, cultivating a personal balance of academic and personal goals
Prepare students to be leaders and active members of their community, fostering a sense of social responsibility and a commitment to serve others