The Middle School's Advisory Program provides support and direction for students’ academic, emotional, and social growth so that they become community leaders with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls.
Middle School Advisory is a two-year program. Students are in mixed-gender and mixed-grade level advisories of twelve to fourteen students, led by two co-advisors.
Under the guidance of dedicated adult mentors, Advisory provides each child with a “family” in the Middle School, equipping small groups of students with social, organizational and study skills. An essential element of the Middle School experience, Advisory ensures each student space to receive support when dealing with many of the issues faced in adolescence.
Advisories meet four times a week to grapple with issues and themes of typical adolescent academic and social development. Advisory is focused around several topics each year, and both skills and content are spiraled through the two-year cycle. These topics include:
- Orientation and Community Building
- Study and Organization Skills
- Digital Citizenship
- Identity Development and Wellness
Advisory Program Goals
- To support the mission and philosophy of a Jewish community day school, in which the person is treated with dignity and respect in the image of god.
- To facilitate communication between student, faculty, administration and parents.
- To designate for each student one to two adults who takes a special interest in all aspects of a student's life at Milken, and is therefore one of the people responsible for initiating efforts for that student's welfare.
- To support student development of character, independence, and responsibility in the context of a supportive pluralistic community.
- To help students develop personal direction in the realms of learning, spiritual practice, and ethical action.