Advisory at the middle school provides a safe environment for students to build meaningful relationships with an adult advocate and with each other. As the foundation of our middle school culture, advisory supports learning by developing character and confidence, celebrating individuality, and fostering growth in our community.


  • Developing strong relationships with advisors and peers
  • Creating a safe environment for emotional and academic support
  • Fostering a culture that supports ASL's Portrait of a Learner


  • Goal Setting
  • Current Issues in our community and the world
  • Awareness of cultural, social, and personal identity
  • Community Building

The role of the advisor

The roles and responsibilities of the advisor are based on the guiding principle and goals of ASL’s Middle School advisory. They center on the three categories of relationships, program, and communication.

  • Create a safe, caring and trusting environment for advisory.
  • Advocate for his or her advisees.
  • Seek to develop a strong relationship with each advisee on an individual basis.
  • Be available to advisees as a source of information and support.
  • Goal setting/learning styles/personal growth
  • Organization and study skills
  • Current issues in our community and the world
  • Awareness of cultural, social, and personal identity
  • Community building
  • Implement grade-level specific advisory program themes.
  • Remaining informed of important social, academic, and discipline issues, the advisor should facilitate communication with all parties involved.
  • Communicate as often as necessary with parents to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship centered on the needs of their child.
  • Communicate with colleagues who may further support the advisee to determine appropriate in-house and outside referrals (counseling, SST, tutoring, etc.).
  • Consult as necessary with colleagues to maintain an up to date, in-depth perspective on advisee’s status, growth, or issues.
  • Inform advisee’s teachers of any relevant issues.
  • Write an end of year narrative comment for each of their advisees.