A combination of people, place, and program, Middle School advisory is much more than a homeroom. Yes, it serves as a home base, a space and a group of people to start and end your day with, but advisory also provides support, skill development, mentoring, camaraderie, and laughs. For many middle schoolers, it becomes a second home.
Each year’s advisories—made up of 10 classmates and a teacher—are carefully crafted by faculty who know individual students and the grade’s social dynamics. Every day begins in advisory with a 10- to 15-minute check-in and ends with STAT (Student Teacher Appointment Time), when you can study, unwind, and get help with schoolwork or guidance from your advisor.
Tuesday brings the 40-minute Saints Advisory Program, affectionately known as SAP. What happens in SAP varies, but it’s always designed to build character, leadership, citizenship, and community. Sometimes you’ll do a deep dive into a topic touched on earlier in Chapel. Other times, you’ll do an activity in one of SAP’s four key areas.
At SSSAS, we live our mission “to pursue goodness as well as knowledge.” That pursuit is on full display in Middle School advisory, which draws no boundaries between academic and personal development. It provides tweens with a little bit of everything they need to learn and grow into young adults as well as a whole lot of fun.