In both Grades 5 - 8 and the Upper School, the Advisory system allows faculty members to monitor a student’s academic and social development, and get to know the student in a holistic way. Due to this relationship, an Advisor is a parent’s first contact.
In Grades 5 - 8, Advisories are grouped by grade level. They meet for a short time each day when Advisors check in with students and relay important School announcements. Students often participate in School activities by Advisory, including kickball tournaments, community contests, and more.
In the Upper School, Advisories are multi-grade groups that provide an instant set of friends, mentors, and guides from the moment a freshman or new student sets foot on campus. Students are assigned to their Upper School Advisories for the duration of their academic career at the School, allowing for unique opportunities to develop lasting friendships with their fellow students and Advisors. Though Advisories only meet for 15 minutes per day, they provide ample time for relationships to flourish, for students to engage in group activities, and for everyone to remain current on personal and School news. A variety of activities throughout the year are organized by Advisory, for example community lunches and pumpkin carving contests.
Advisories are a unique component of a St. Anne’s-Belfield School education, one that our alumni reference regularly as having made a distinct difference in their lives. Often throughout the year these past students are spotted back on campus visiting with their Advisors and fellow members of their Advisory, keeping up friendships that will last a lifetime.