In addition to our courses and emphasis on community, students meet by grade level once a week to learn and practice relevant academic skills. Our advisory groups introduce and foster many key processes that students encounter at Meridian, like applying to college, peer mentoring, and taking on leadership roles.
In addition, the faculty leader of each group serves as the key advisor for students in that group. The advisor is the students' central advocate and point person, serving as a liaison between students, parents, and teachers, as well as tracking and supporting each student's academic, social, and emotional growth at Meridian.
We have seven advisory groups:
Division 1 (Grades 6 and 7) - Advisory for this group includes Comprehensive Health. This class focuses on supporting the transition to Meridian's unique learning environment, developing effective study skills, and learning strategies to handle social and academic stress. Activities are designed to encourage self-acceptance and help students learn about the five key factors that are correlated with well-being and success: enough sleep, good nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and social connection and fun.
Grade 8 - At this important point of transition between middle and high school, students focus on what it means to be a leader and to take ownership over their community. Additionally, they continue to review organizational skills as well as strategies for dealing with stress, internet safety, and bullying.
Grade 9 - In their first year of high school, students learn new study habits to handle the rigor of new expectations. They do work around time management, organizational skills, stress, and anxiety. They also engage in preliminary conversations with seniors and our college advisor about planning for their high school years and beyond.
Grade 10 - Students become full-fledged mentors who serve as a key resources for new students. They also begin to take on major leadership roles in student committees and school activities and begin test preparation for the SAT and ACT.
Grade 11 - Students continue test preparation and begin the college search process. They work with our guidance counselor to identify schools that closely match their interests, aptitudes, and learning styles.
Grade 12 - Students focus on applying to college or preparing other post-secondary endeavors. They work one-on-one with our guidance counselor to prepare their application packet to reflect their individual strengths and interests. After applying, they forge relationships with outside organizations to begin spring internships.