Two times each week students and teachers formally take a break from the business of the school day to slow down and check-in with one another. Everyone gathers in their smaller Kehillot, advisory groups, to share stories, laughter, concerns, and even study tips. One meetings focuses on checking-in, while the other can include more directed discussions, skill building, class meetings, and other activities. Each advisory group becomes a close-knit and safe community for students to express concerns and receive support.
Each advisory is composed of a small number of students within the same grade and one faculty member. As much as possible these groups stay together for all four years to strengthen bonds and develop into a real support system for each other. In this model, the advisors become the “experts” on each of her/his advisees. The advisor's main role is to provide academic support and guidance, and students and parents should feel comfortable approaching the advisor with any related concerns. The advisor can help students with organization and study skills, work with them on how to set-up and prepare for meetings with teachers, and develop strategies and actions plans to help students achieve their goals.