The Advisory is scheduled once per week (55 minutes long) within the High School schedule. It provides personal, academic and extracurricular support while students are placed in its care. The Advisory teacher is a caregiver, one of several professionals involved in understanding the student’s challenges and progress at school. The Advisory class is designed to provide small group support for the current well-being and future success of every student. The Advisory Class is a full class for purposes of taking attendance, and building relationships.

NOVA believes that the hallmark of an outstanding education is a personalized approach sensitive to the individual needs of the student both in and out of the classroom. In realizing this belief, the school assigns an Advisory teacher to each student at the beginning of the entering year, which then remains the primary caregiver for the student until time of exit. The Advisory teacher has several broad responsibilities:  

  • Implement social and emotional learning (SEL) activities

  • Advocate on behalf of the student, offering support in the form of advice, encouragement, affirmation, and trust.

  • Maintain a meaningful student-to-student and teacher-to-student interaction.

  • Foster a meaningful and frequent school-to-home communication.

  • Builds community