Advisory Overview

Students will attend Advisory on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of every week for a 30-minute period.  The mission of the High School Advisory Program is to facilitate each student’s successful transition into, through and out of High School.  Advisory activities correspond with the standards and benchmarks set forth by the International School Counselors Association, and fall under four domains: Academic Development, Career Development, Personal/Social Development, and Global Perspective Development.

By establishing a clear curriculum that focuses on self-awareness, skill-based practicalities, character development and relationship building, all students will:

  1. Be known well by one or more adults.
  2. Develop a genuine understanding of their identity as a  university-ready student.
  3. Assess, demonstrate and communicate their skills and potential as it relates to post-secondary endeavors.
  4. Develop and fine tune the skills of research, discernment, decision making and problem solving outside of specific subject areas and in relation to their own lives.
  5. Be aware of their role as a community member and their obligation to community service.
  6. Understand the importance of digital citizenship and evaluate their own digital footprint.
  7. Be aware of and prepared for the expectations of universities and careers.
  8. Be given the opportunity to develop practical life skills.

At the end of four years, each student will have a portfolio of work that represents his or her high school journey of self-awareness and self-development.  This portfolio will be stored in Naviance Family Connection and will help guide the process of searching for universities or colleges that are the right fit for each individual.The advisory program is delivered by the Grade Level Leaders and Advisors with the support of the counseling staff and administrators.  

Meet the Grade Level Leaders

Fiona Anderson, Physical Education and Health   

Grade 9

Fiona Anderson, Physical Education and Health
fiona.anderson@aas.ru

I would like to welcome you to high school and the grade nine advisory program. This year we will be focusing on helping your child adjust to high school at AAS. We will focus on both long- and short-term goal setting in relation to your child’s 4 Year Plan, getting involved and giving back to our school community through community service projects as well as how to stay organized and focused on their schoolwork and examinations. On behalf of the grade nine advisors, we are looking forward to a wonderful school-year and ensuring your child has a smooth, and fully supported, transition to high school. 

 

   
Nathan DeSouza, IB Environmental Systems  

Grade 10

Nathan DeSouza, IB Environmental Systems
nathan.desouza@aas.ru

In Grade 10, we strive to develop students’ academic skills, personal skills, and global-mindedness in order to better prepare them for the IB/AAS Diploma and for life beyond high school.   We will start researching careers and university program offerings and requirements, and students will also reflect on their academic progress and how that fits in to their academic goals both in high school and after graduation.  As well, students will organize and run activity-based sessions for children on the cancer ward at Nastenka Hospital; which has proven to be a rewarding and humbling experience.  We are excited to be implementing a new program into advisory called ‘The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights for the Child’ where students will explore grass-root charities and the challenges endured by many children around the world.  They will learn about the importance of the vote, having voice and the impact they can have on others.

 

   
Adam Collins, IB Economics and IB Business Management  

Grade 11

Adam Collins, IB Economics and IB Business Management
adam.collins@aas.ru

This 2016-2017 academic year will be the second in which I have led the Grade 11 Advisory Program.  Grade 11 is a greatly significant year as this marks the formal beginning of the International Baccalaureate program.  Accordingly, the Grade 11 Advisory is designed to provide guidance and aid to the students in completing the components of the IB program, including the CAS system, and the Extended Essay.  Significant time is also allotted for the University selection and application process, including collecting recommendations, writing personal statements, and preparing resumes/CVs.  This ambitious agenda will be implemented by the Grade 11 Advisors who are committed to helping the grade 11 students achieve the success they seek.

   
 
Joe Khan, IB Mathematics  

Grade 12

Joe Khan, IB Mathematics
joseph.khan@aas.ru

Our mission in the advisory group is simply to see the Grade 12 students achieve their maximum potential and prepare them for their future pursuits and get into colleges and universities of their choice.  In this regard, this senior year is perhaps the most rigorous and demanding year of their education and my job as the Grade Level Leader, with the help of the advisors and the counselors, is to help the students meet their obligations with minimum stress and at the same time enjoy their senior year.

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