Advisory / Exploratory
The House System
For our Junior High students, a House System is used for the Advisory / Exploratory experience to build camaraderie while having fun.
Built on the four cardinal virtues, students are encouraged to form a habit of doing good. In addition to performing good acts, they are encouraged to be the best. The virtuous person pursues the good in everything and chooses it when faced with decisions.
A typical Advisory period would find students and advisor checking grades and planners to make time management plans for the coming week, engaging in conversation about positive and negative things that might be happening, working toward exemplifying their House virtue into their lives, and other problem-solving techniques. Another aspect of the Advisory period is working on Growth Mindset. The junior high is using a program called Applied Brainology to delve more deeply into how their brains work and how they can change their thinking and the way they respond to activities to grow their brains.
Choosing an area of interest is the foundation to the Exploratory program. From a list of over 20 choices, students elect where to learn more. Led by a staff member, these 9 week courses cover a wide range of topics. From a student perspective, the benefits are significant:
Students are able to investigate a variety of courses helping determine what interests them for future study in high school and beyond.
Students engage in hands-on activities and learning experiences beyond the core subjects.
Students try new subjects for a short period of time to account for changes in development, attitudes, and preferences.
Students explore areas for future career options, basic life skills, and activities they may participate in for fun as adults.