Advisory, a central part of the CCES Middle School experience, is where students learn about themselves, each other, and the greater world. It is a time to focus on observing and practicing the CCES Mission in their lives and our greater community. The Advisory program seeks to create cohesion among the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School by equipping our students for entrance into and exit from the middle school.
Every middle school student is included in a group of students known as an “Advisory,” which is facilitated by a teacher (advisor) at their grade level. That teacher greets his or her advisees first thing every morning, spends time with them during study hall, and leads a 45 minute advisory session on Thursdays.
At CCES, we know that our students are whole individuals for whom all aspects of life are connected. Each grade level has identified its own focus in order to better support students in the present and to prepare them for their future. The student cannot be separated from the person, and Advisory time is intentional in nurturing and celebrating our students’ development as young persons of character. Advisory is a time to focus on who we are and who we want to become.
5th Grade Transition & Preparation
Fifth grade students are welcomed as they enter middle school. The program’s primary focus is the transition into and preparation for a strong middle school career. The 5th grade program comprises single gender groups, to better equip students with the social skills and study skills needed to successfully navigate through their middle school experience. Athena’s Path and Hero’s Pursuit are the main curricula used to teach fifth grade students how to get along and communicate with others. The development of strong social skills greatly impacts students’ ability to work in groups, practice creativity, pursue their curiosity, and persevere when faced with a problem.
6th Grade Responsibility & Collaboration
Sixth grade students shift their primary focus from transitioning and interacting within the middle school to how they can work together to fulfill their responsibilities outside of school. These students will explore the challenges and needs of greater Greenville and global communities.
Students will hear from community leaders, collaborate with classmates to research current problems, determine their personal and communal responsibilities involved with the issues of concern, develop plans to help on a local level, and have the opportunity to expand these thoughts with a global perspective. The goal is to stay true to our purpose of developing responsibility and collaboration.
7th Grade Organization & Community
Because of the many new experiences 7th grade students face (exams and school sports to name a few), our advisory program teaches the art of balancing academic, social, and civic lives by teaching how to better organize and prioritize their responsibilities. Students learn effective ways to achieve, as well as how to adjust and redefine goals as needed. During the second semester, all students participate in using their newly acquired goal setting skills to develop “Passion Projects.” Students take time to explore and identify their interests both within the school and outside communities. Through this process, students develop the topics for their Passion Projects. Students then showcase these projects at the end of the year to celebrate all they have accomplished.
8th Grade Leadership & Transition
Eighth grade students focus primarily on building leadership skills and transitioning into the Upper School. To cultivate their skills in serving as role models, the advisory program encourages and challenges students to go beyond their comfort zones by practicing and building the constructs of curiosity, resilience, ethics, time management and teamwork. Through lessons, guest speakers and simulated situations, students learn how these constructs strengthen who they are and their abilities to lead. In various arenas such as Friday Morning Prayer, 8th grade students will run the assemblies and share Messages of Meaning with the middle school students and faculty. By focusing on the aforementioned constructs and participating in Upper School transition activities, students begin shifting their attention to their future and preparing for their transition into the Upper School.