Social & Emotional
Advisory fosters student success academically and socially and is a time to reinforce the larger mission and values of the School. The philosophy statement of Far Brook’s Advisory Programs states:
The purpose of the Junior High Advisory Program at Far Brook is to facilitate students’ development of caring, creative, and competent approaches toward academics and relationships. In an environment where character and citizenship are valued, the Advisory Program cultivates students’ individual and community responsibilities for the present and the future.
Mixed- grade groupings provide an opportunity for mentorship, leadership, and collaboration across the two Junior High grades. Advisors facilitate group conversations dealing with specific topics such as team building, character and integrity, healthy habits, diversity, organization, and transitions. Advisors also meet with students one-on-one and conference about academic and social concerns.
In the Junior High, Connections discussions continue to provide an opportunity for small group conversations. One main focus of this curriculum is to explore issues of identity and perspective while looking closely at stereotypes and messages in the media. Including the Educational Technology Specialist, students ponder questions relevant to technology’s role in how we communicate and build relationships with others and our communities. In addition, Connections classes in the Junior High also meet in gender specific groups to discuss relational, social, and developmental topics that are gender specific and tailored to the age group. The class incorporates materials from Far Brook’s Connections and Health programs and other sources such as The Ophelia Project to aid students in shaping healthy relationships through developing positive strategies for identifying and mediating peer relationships. Other topics include friendship, leadership, and cyberbullying.