Advisory

Billings’ Advisory program helps students to lead purposeful, healthy, and constructive lives. 

Strong, trusting relationships between adults and students -- like the ones built by the Billings Advisory program -- can make all the difference. At Billings, each student is paired with a grade-level Advisor who is a mentor and academic guide throughout the school year. 

Advisors meet three times weekly with their advisees to set and reflect on goals, teach advocacy, instill confidence, and learn who we are as individuals and as a cohort. Advisors also form a strong academic team with students and their guardians, tracking academic progress, holding parent-teacher conferences, and communicating closely with the Director of Student Life and Learning Specialist.

Grade-level advisory goals

6th Grade

  • Cohort building
  • Transition
  • Foundational study skills

7th Grade

  • Identity formation
  • Community
  • Scaffolded independence & self-management

8th Grade

  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Independence & responsibility

our three-year Advisory curriculum:

  • helps students identify their strengths, needs, and areas for growth
  • teaches advocacy and assists students in communicating their needs to others
  • recognizes and appreciates individual differences
  • encourages students to “see” others, by giving them tools for understanding and negotiating social-emotional dynamics
  • supports students in organization and management of their workload
  • coordinates communication between families, teachers, learning specialists and tutors, and the Director of Student Life
  • nurtures the small group and the class as a tight-knit and effective learning cohort

In addition, the advisory program provides time for weekly community meetings.

Talking Circles provide support and open conversation time for affinity groups. Though facilitated by faculty members, these groups are intentionally focused on the student voice and agenda, so that the conversations emerge out of student need.

Class Meetings and All School Meetings promote personal, social, and academic responsibility. In class meetings, teachers work to create a safe environment for students to develop a voice in their cohort. All School Meetings are primarily student-led, giving students a chance to celebrate successes and address issues affecting everyone in the learning community.