Advisory is an essential aspect of the Oakland Unity High School student experience. At the beginning of 9th grade, students are assigned an advisor who is responsible for tracking and supporting their academic success, social development, behavior, wellness, community involvement, and preparation for life after high school. Over the four years of high school, students form close bonds with their advisors and the other students in their advisory. This is accomplished through a curriculum that combines academic support, community building, goal setting and reflection, and exposure to new experiences. As students mature, advisory focuses on preparing them for their future, teaching students about different types of colleges, guiding students through career exploration exercises, and supporting them as they apply to colleges or prepare to enter the workforce.
Advisory serves many purposes:
- The advisor is the first point of contact between students, teachers, and parents.
- The advisor is the primary person tracking a student’s overall progress in school and advocating for the student as needed.
- Advisory provides students with a structured class in which they learn developmentally appropriate skills at each grade level that are focused on the goal of supporting students in their academic, personal, and social-emotional growth.
- Advisory is a graded class that counts toward graduation. It is an elective in the A-G framework and students earn credits for passing it.