• At NT@ZB, CLASS stands for Career, Leadership, Academic, and Social Skills.

    According to Mark F. Goldberg, an educator who has been studying and implementing advisory systems since the 1960's, advisory systems may change from school to school, but there are core ideas that should be consistent: "Each student is known well by one staff member, that teacher receives all important information about the student, the staff member knows the student's parents or guardians, and each student has one advocate in the school."  The advisor is the key to the entire system.

    There are three main concepts that CLASS revolves around:

    1. CLASS Advisory drives the common culture at NT@ZB.

    2. Advisors observe overall student performance and advise and assist the "whole student."

    3. Helping students meet their academic, social, and career goals at NT@ZB.

    Students receive a semester grade in CLASS that are based upon the following factors:

    1. Presence - Advisees need to attend advisory meetings and activities regularly and in a timely fashion. The main office will log tardies and absences in the advisee’s attendance record just like for an academic course.

    2. Preparation - Each semester, advisees will meet with their advisor a minimum of four times to discuss and record goals for that semester.  These goals are academic, social, and community-based, and are dependent upon frank and honest discussions between both parties.  These goals will be based upon the advisee’s individual history, abilities, and predilections.  It is important that advisees begin to push themselves to reach new levels with the guidance and assistance of the advisor and other staff members.

    3. Practice - Advisees need to work both inside and outside of advisory to implement plans to achieve their goals.  These plans should be discussed with your advisor and even with other advisees.  The advisor is a resource to achieve those goals, but the advisee may seek out other assistance as well.

    4. Progress - Throughout the semester, the advisee will keep a running record of their academic, social, and community progress.  Through this record, the advisee can monitor their progress and seek interventions if they are not progressing according to the plans set out with their advisor.  This record should be a regular and routine part of the advisee’s experience, as this data is some of the most valuable information advisees have about themselves.  The advisee should seek out assistance from their advisor, counselor, or other staff members if they are not satisfied with their progress.

    Each grade level has different expectations as to what is expected of both advisors and students.  However, there are common components to all CLASS Advisories:

    1. Using methods (such as this MS Excel file) to have students track and measure longitudinal data on their own academic progress.  In addition to the data, students are meeting with their advisors on a regular basis to help set goals for where they want to be later in their academic career.  Much of this information can be tracked using ECHO, but it takes more than just looking at the grades to set goals; it takes focus.

    2. Each advisory is part of a larger House system that helps to keep students involved in a larger context.