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Advisory Program

In the upper school, connections between students, faculty, and parents are reinforced through the Advisory Program. Building upon the foundations laid in the sixth-grade advisory program, students and their parents work with an assigned faculty advisor throughout the course of each year in the upper school. The Upper School Advisory Program operates under the following tenets:

  • Each student's intellectual, social, and emotional growth will be supported by a faculty advocate.
  • Advisors are responsible for monitoring their welfare and growth throughout the course of the year in all areas.
  • Advisors act as the primary contact at Tuxedo Park School for the parents of their advisees.
  • Advisors will communicate with parents regarding their child's/children's progress at regular intervals during the school year, including a “September” phone call, fall conference, winter check-in, and spring conference. 

Students meet with their advisors for 15 minutes each morning in the upper school. These meetings allow student to be greeted by that same familiar, consistent face, and allows for advisors to "check-in" with their charges to see how ready they are to meet the challenges of the day. At the end of each day, students return to the advisory "touchstone" by reconnecting with their advisor, reflecting briefly on the day, and shaking hands. In addition to these daily exercises, the advisory groups meet weekly during a 45 minute period. While the meetings can often be fun and informal, advisories follow a curriculum designed to begin goal setting in the early stages of the year, address the innumerable and diverse challenges of adolescence throughout the course of the year, and draw closure at the end of the year with reflection.