Advisory: Building Individualized Pathways for Success

The Advisory Program is an important part of Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools' commitment to helping every student succeed. Every student at Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance has his or her own advisor, a teacher who takes a continuing special interest in the student's academic and social welfare and is the primary informational contact between parents and the school.

Students meet in small groups with their advisor at the beginning of most school days and for a longer period at least once a week; time is also available for individual meetings as needed. Perhaps the most valuable contacts are those that are less formal and unscheduled, that occur just in passing or when a student needs to reach out for advice and appropriate guidance or to find an advocate in a challenging situation.

At the most basic level, the advisor monitors academic and extracurricular involvement and progress and responds to student or parent requests for meetings. In cases of personal, academic, or disciplinary problems, the advisor communicates promptly with parents and convenes conferences as appropriate. Subject teachers are encouraged to supplement the communication efforts of the advisor by contacting parents directly while keeping the advisor informed of such conversations. This system allows a combination of direct communication and collation of information.

In Middle School, students have a different advisor in grades 6, 7, and 8 because students benefit from an advisor who is trained in the developmental milestones of that particular grade and is concurrently teaching the student in an academic subject. In the upper school, the student's advisor stays with him or her during all four years until graduation, which allows a longer-term relationship to develop between advisor and student, who get to know each other very well during this extended time. Often advisors and students remain in contact for many years after graduation.