For students to get the most out of their academic experience, we need to nurture more than just their intellect. At UASEM, we dedicate time to understanding our students' emotional and social needs so they're equipped with the life-skills they need to focus on learning and succeed beyond high school. And because we know the whole person, not just the student, we can support them in making the best decisions.

Community Building

Advisory is an essential part of the UASEM experience. From freshman year until graduation,  students meet with a group that becomes their second family. An advisor is a student's advocate; they know students and their families, and are available for student support of all varieties. Advisory groups carry out projects that improve our school and communities, they take trips, set goals, and explore individual interests. High school is an especially challenging time for young people, and our Advisories create a much-needed space for community, support, self-awareness, and growth.

College Readiness

From the first day of school, every student at UASEM begins preparing for success after high school. Through all four years, advisory offers a space to develop skills in time management, decision-making, and goal setting. Advisory groups take trips to colleges, and participate in career and college fairs. The aim is for students to make informed decisions about their paths. In junior and senior year, advisories are the place for students to get practice researching colleges, writing a resume, practicing interviews, preparing for the SAT, and applying to schools, jobs, and scholarships.

Restorative Circles

At UASEM the whole school community works together to find ways to create a positive and caring learning space. This means that when there’s a conflict, or rules are broken, or someone feels like they’ve been wronged, we talk it out. We try to figure out why it happened and find a solution that fits the problem. Restorative Circles:

·       View every conflict or wrongdoing as an opportunity for learning.
·       Explore reasons for why people do what they do.
·       Try to understand the harm, & empathize with the harmed & harmer.
·       Separate the action from the person who did it.
·       Ask questions and listen to answers.
·       Encourage personal reflection.
·       Change the system when it contributes to harm.
·       Understand how the behavior of one person can affect all.
·       Work together to find ways to make amends for misbehavior.
·       Share ideas for preventing wrongdoing


Advisory Framework: Circles of Power & Respect

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Role of the Advisor

Advocate for the family

  • Initial point of contact
  • Parent outreach
  • Know unique needs

Advocate for the Child 

  • Know their students
  • Build trust
  • Listen without judgement  
  • Be a liaison between child and teachers
  • Provide academic advisement


Model & Teach 

  • Core Values
  • Healthy decision making
  • Academic & emotional growth

Initiate Interventions 

  • Observe student needs
  • Follow through with referrals to school counselor
  • Collect data