The ability to honestly and quietly
is one of the most powerful tools
for personal growth.
What is Sophomore Advisory?
Sophomore Advisory is a place where we create a safe and respectful environment in which to promote student self-reflection that will engage students as active and self-directed learners.
All sophomores at South Burlington High School are enrolled in Sophomore Advisory. Each group consists of about a dozen students and a sophomore adviser. The adviser is a self-selected staff member at South Burlington High School. Sophomore Advisory meets every Thursday and Friday during FACE Time. During this time, the group will do anything from group-building activities, to discussion of current events, to working on their sophomore portfolios.
During the spring of 2008, a group of faculty and staff met
to prepare themselves for the Sophomore Advisory program. During one of the meetings, the participants
came up with the following list of characteristics to help define the
program. This is by no means an
exhaustive list, but it certainly helps to paint a clearer picture of the
intent of the program.
A supportive and safe environment
An opportunity to develop social,
academic and career goals
Establishing relationships/being a
An environment that promotes
respect and risk taking
Helping students feel connected to
A structured, self-reflective
Advisory is not…
Doing things to build “college
What is Sophomore Exhibition?
Sophomore Exhibition is the name we give to the collection of days during which all sophomores give their round table presentations. This year, Sophomore Exhibition takes place during the week of May 13 - May 16 and on Friday June 7.
Why are we doing all of this?
Sophomore Advisory at South Burlington High School is set up to focus on developing a meaningful relationship between adviser and student, and to guide students through the process of self-reflection and future planning. Through Sophomore Advisory, we hope that students will
- develop a meaningful connection with their advisers
- take time to be thoughtful
- become well-informed designers of their own education
- know and connect to the South Burlington High School Mission Statement
- look deeper into the reflective process through Sophomore Exhibition
Follow effective action with quiet reflection.
From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.