Research describes advisories as structures in which an adult and a small group of students meet regularly for academic guidance, to coordinate between home and school, to find ways for students to be successful, and to connect to a peer group. Trust, respect, mutual obligation, and concern for others’ welfare can have powerful effects on the relationship between students and teachers. Additionally, students academically perform better when they are known, valued, and contributing members of a learning community.
Improve School Culture
Provide Important College and Career Information
Validate the Student Experience
BENEFITS OF ADVISORY PROGRAMS
Advisories are a way to ensure that each student is known well by at least one adult in the building.
Advisories enable teachers and students to create a sense of belonging and community.
Advisories provide an environment in which students can discuss and seek help for school related and personal issues.
Advisories are a place where students can discover and explore information on college preparation and admission process.
Every high school in the Prince George's County Public School System offers and advisory program, that recognizes the unique needs, choices, and challenges of all students and provides every student with an adult advocate who will mentor them throughout their high school years. While College Ed materials from the College Board and a suggested activities framework are provided for advisory programs, their success really depends on tailoring the program to each individual school and the dedication of the teacher advisor.
For more information, contact the College and Career Ready Office at 301.669.6011