Upper School Advisory Program
The advisory system is an integral part of life at the Upper School. Prior to entering the Upper School, all students are assigned a faculty advisor to help plan an academic schedule and advise on all aspects of life at school. The faculty advisor will serve in that capacity for the student’s remaining time at Durham Academy.
Advisors are particularly attentive to an advisee's well-being as a member of the school community. They play a dynamic role in guiding students to become independent learners and active participants, and in developing leaders who enrich the school and wider community. The advisor will consult with teachers and parents concerning the student’s progress and facilitate communication between them when necessary. Parents should feel free to contact the advisor whenever they feel the need.
On average, twice each week advisory groups will meet to hear announcements and discuss school matters with classmates, class representatives and members of the faculty. These discussions provide opportunities for students to see themselves not only as individuals but also as members of larger groups, within the school and within society at large. Advisory time also allows students to cultivate healthy and positive relationships and to develop feelings of trust and caring between students, the advisor and the group.