Advisers help our students get the most out of their Greenwood experience.
Every Greenwood student is matched with a trusted teacher-advocate through our Adviser program. Students are paired with Advisers compatible not only with their age and stage of development, but their individual personalities.
Advisers look at the big picture: their job is to get to know each advisee and to determine next steps for growth both in and out of the classroom. Parents are kept up to date on this growth through “character report cards” detailing students’ progress in developing their civic, intellectual, moral and performance character. Advisers are also parents' first point of contact with the school.
"I think I definitely have grown academically. Having an Adviser with me every step of the way really encouraged me to make sure I was trying my very best."
Liv Arbess ('21)
Customizing for Age and Stage
The delivery of the Adviser program takes age and stage into account. Students typically work with the same Adviser for two-year cycles; each Adviser has expertise in their assigned age group.
Here’s how it looks at each grade level.
Adviser is scheduled as a class within students' timetables. Students meet with their Adviser during the Personalized Learning Skills (PLS) class twice a week, as well as individually. Advisers work with students in a customized approach to develop the skills they will need to personalize their learning, including collaboration, reflection, self-advocacy and self-awareness.
In Grade 9, students enrol in a Learning Strategies credit course, which focuses on the development of study skills, time management and self-awareness. This course is taught by the student’s Adviser. The Grade 10 Adviser program is combined with the Careers course; the content of this course enables Advisers to work with students on thinking about opportunities beyond high school.
Throughout Grade 9 and 10, students continue to work with their Adviser to identify areas of strength and discover how they can use these strengths to support their learning.
In Grade 11, students have the option to enroll in an Adviser course which is scheduled into their timetable and earns them a Learning Strategies credit. In Grade 12, students and Advisers meet individually outside of class time or in a scheduled, non-credit transition class which helps students consolidate their study skills.
Advisers guide students through postsecondary decision-making, the application process and the transition to life beyond Greenwood by helping students refine skills and attributes such as communication, critical and creative thinking, self-regulation and digital literacy. This program helps students prepare for the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world and workplace.