The Belmont Hill Advisory program is one of many ways we foster deep and connected relationships between our faculty and students. Each year, boys work with a new advisor who has experience tackling issues specific to their Form year and who almost always teaches them in a class during that academic year to cultivate connection. By cycling through six different advisor relationships during a Belmont Hill experience, our boys form a web of adult support throughout their journeys. Each Form also utilizes a Head Form Advisor to monitor the performance of the overall class and to help organize trips and activities that are connected to the goals and objectives of that particular Form.
We have intentionally expanded what was our traditional Advisory time of 8:00 to 8:15 on Tuesdays to include an all-School Community Block from 11:45-12:25 on Thursdays. This additional time has allowed us to develop new programming in the spirit of forging even stronger relationships within advisor groups by catalyzing important conversation and dialogue. The Advisory Program at Belmont Hill comprises three pillars.
Knowing Each Boy
Each advisor takes the lead role in supporting their advisees through the experience of their academic year. This takes the form of individual and group conversations, and it includes reviewing and reflecting upon grades and comments at each marking period. When students confront challenges, injuries, or other hurdles, advisors serve as a key conduit to parents in making sure the appropriate web of communication and structure is in place. Additionally, each advisor works to have fun, incorporate humor, and build in down time creatively within the Advisory throughout the year.
Our Community Conversations program connects to the goals of the Belmont Hill Diversity Action Plan, and it works in conjunction with our extensive chapel speaker program as well. We seek to create graduates who become adept not only at oral communication but in participating in dialogue characterized by intentional listening and a free exchange of ideas. This program seeks to have both age-appropriate conversations within concurrent school-wide themes that emerge from our calendar, speakers, as well as unanticipated world events.
Health and Wellness
With the arrival of a new Director of Health and Wellness position in 2018, Belmont Hill seeks to offer our boys the knowledge and skills needed to lead a healthy life at Belmont Hill and beyond. We recognize that superior academic preparation will not thrive without the necessary skills to make healthy choices in the spirit of self care. Topics in this area often include issues of mental health, nutrition, stress, and other matters related to the healthy development of boys. Health and Wellness topics are periodically interspersed into Community time in the form of advisor conversations and/or community speakers. This work is then supported by individual services that are available outside of the construct of Advisory.