Sandia Prep's unique advisory program is designed to foster informal communication among our teachers and students. As a student-centered school, and one where the development of the whole person is emphasized, Sandia Prep is committed to providing a time and place where students meet regularly with teachers to discuss concerns and get to know one another.
In addition to teaching in the classroom, each SPS faculty member serves as an advisor to a group of ten students (of the same grade) each year. As a "special friend and advocate," the advisor is available to talk with each of these students about academic and other issues. In addition, the advisor serves as the primary liaison between the school and parents, meeting with parents each semester to track the student's progress and development.
Advisory groups gather daily before morning assembly to check in for the day. Advisors then meet once weekly with these students during a campus-wide advisory period. Here, students are free to discuss issues in an open setting with an adult facilitator. While suggested topics are provided, each advisor is free to channel the day's discussion as needed. Students are also encouraged to meet individually with their advisor whenever they need to talk with a trusted adult about an academic or personal topic of concern.