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Advisory groups become a student’s on-campus family and their advisor serves as an advocate, problem solver, human checklist helper, case manager, and cheerleader—all rolled into one! High schoolers meet daily with their advisor and a small group of classmates for a consistent daily check-in prior to dismissal. Middle schoolers meet with their cohort in both the morning and afternoon. This process and attention help students meet Lawrence’s high academic standards, stay organized, and sharpen their communication skills.
Teachers ensure that students have correctly filled out their assignment notebooks and confirm that students have all materials they need to successfully complete at-home assignments. Additionally, this is a time to address concerns and build ongoing supportive relationships using the Responsive Classroom framework.
Time management and organizational skills are emphasized during the advisory period for students in grades 9 and 10, while students in grades 11 and 12 use this time to focus on taking more ownership of their academic career and future. Consultation with the Office of College and Career Planning takes place during this time, helping to guide students toward success once their time at Lawrence is complete.
In addition, advisors serve as the student’s and parent’s point of contact. They build a bridge between home and school to ensure each individual’s learning and social needs are communicated and met. Parents are treated as team members in education, uniquely positioned to help assess our success in making true, substantive changes in their children's lives.
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