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:
CLASS Advisory drives the common culture at NT@ZB.
Advisors observe overall student performance and advise and assist the "whole student".
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:
Preparation & Practice
The working rubric for Advisory is available for download here.
Each grade level has different expectations as to what is expected of both advisors and students. Please refer to the individual grade levels in the sidebar for specific information.
There are common components to all 2011-2012 CLASS Advisories:
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 bi-weekly 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.
Each advisory is part of a larger House system, that helps to keep students involved in a larger context.