Advisory Overview

Why Advisory?

Abundant practice and research studies clearly show that when students are known well by other students and by caring adults in their school, they will have better behavior, care more about others, and have a more positive attitude about their school. In addition, their achievement will increase. Therefore, AAS embraces advisory as a place where all students can both learn to form their own opinions in a safe, nurturing environment and allow another caring adult into their lives.

Advisors serve as the students’ advocate and guide throughout the year, maintaining good channels of communication between the school and home and attending all meetings related to their advisees’ academic or disciplinary issues. Advisors closely monitor each student’s academic and social progress by attending grade level meetings, reviewing reports, talking with an advisee’s teachers, and conducting one-on-one conferences with each student. In this way, advisors can facilitate a positive, productive relationship with their advisees.

Whereas parents should always contact specific classroom teachers regarding classroom issues, they are asked to contact the advisor instead when they have concerns connected to a student’s general progress or have general questions regarding the Middle School.

What is Advisory?

Every student is assigned to an advisory that has one advisor and 9 to 11 students, and meets for 30 minutes, four days per week. The program is structured around four rotating themes—Academic, Career, Personal/Social Development, and Global Perspective Development—that guide advisors in their monthly group planning to create engaging grade-level activities and discussions. The essence of an ideal advisory is responsible judgment and decision-making by students who feel they can safely and candidly discuss issues important to their welfare.

This year at AAS, the Middle School advisory will address the following content:


Grade 6 (“Me”)

Grade 7 (“We”)

Grade 8 (“What Now?”)

I. Academic Development
  1. Orientation
  2. Organization & time management    
  3. Problem-solving & goal setting 
  1. Time management
  2. Multiple intelligences tied to education    
  3. Problem-solving & goal setting
  1. Study skills review (builds from class content)    
  2. Problem-solving & goal setting
II. Career (Life/Work Skill) Development    
  1. Idea of work and deadlines
  2. Helping oneself succeed
  1. Cooperation & work skills
  2. Leadership
  1. Career unit
III. Personal/Social Development
  1. What happens to me?
  2. What happens to others?
  3. Being a good friend
  4. Coping with stress and anxiety 
  1. Listening
  2. Recognizing differences
  3. Responsibility to others
  4. Coping skills
  1. Peer pressure
  2. Refusal skills
  3. Coping skills
IV. Global Perspective Development
  1. Culture—What is it & how does it influence me?    
  2. Being a good person and citizen
  3. Transitions
  1. Culture—Host country & how does it it impact us?    
  2. Conflict resolution
  3. Transitions
  1. Culture—what now & why?
  2. Transitions

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