The Advisory Program at Regina Dominican High School is an educational support program designed to focus on the following five Advisory Domains: Academic Achievement, Social/Emotional Learning, Leadership Development, Student Life and Spirituality. The Advisory Program strives to foster student success and school involvement by strengthening interpersonal relationships between Advisors and students. It strives to personalize each student’s experience at Regina Dominican. Advisors will create a culture of trust and mutual respect.
Advisory is a structured time period of ten minutes, each school day morning, or a 34-minute Morning Long Advisory special schedule. Students are randomly assigned to an Advisory and remain with their Advisor for all four years. Advisors will facilitate developmentally appropriate activities and provide consistent, caring and continuous adult guidance while monitoring student progress in the five Advisory Domains.
Key Dimensions of the Advisory Program
- A relevant and developmentally appropriate Advisory Curriculum centered on five Advisory Domains (Academic Achievement, Social/Emotional Learning, Leadership Development, Student Life, and Dominican Life and Spirituality) with corresponding activities
- Ongoing assessment of student growth in the four Advisory Domains
- Strong emphasis on Leadership Development in all five Domains
Rationale for the Advisory Program
Research shows that students perform better and engage in healthy decision-making when they are in schools where they have a personal relationship with a caring adult. When high school students are able to form meaningful relationships with teachers who can help them, both academically and socially, students achieve at a higher level. Evidence shows that this personal connection with an adult helps ensure that students have an advocate who understands their interests, struggles and ambitions. Additionally, the connection assists them with their personal and academic goals.
Advisory supplies built-in peer groups for all students which provide a means for community building for the four years of their high school career. Advisory promotes self-esteem and grants students a place to feel grounded. It provides peer recognition in an accepting environment, offsetting peer pressure and negative responses from peers in other areas.