The Kehillah Advisory Program is designed to foster academic development and character education in a genuinely caring and supportive environment. Each advisory group is composed of a small number of students of the same grade and one faculty member. As much as possible these groups stay together for all four years to strengthen bonds and build a strong support system for each other. These groups connect students to the extra-curricular and social programming at Kehillah as they serve to enhance life skills, build social-emotional skills and resiliency, develop communication skills, and discover particular affinities and passions that are unique to each student.
Advisors serve as the “go to” adult for student support. Each advisor maintains regular communication with his or her advisees as well as checks in on their academic performance to best guide and advocate for their advisees. Teachers make sure advisors are aware of significant successes as well as challenges in the classroom that may require additional support. Advisors then take the lead in guiding their advisee’s growth plan. The advisor is also the parents’ first point of contact with Kehillah.
The CLS supports students to realize their strengths and embrace their challenges. The Center supports and encourages students to access the resources they need in a safe, warm, and caring environment so that they are able to thrive and develop strategies that enhance their learning.
The Center is staffed by full-time Learning Specialist, Rachel Paley, who:
Empowers students by directly instructing academic and learning strategies to access the curriculum
Collaborates with teachers to understand the instructional needs of students with specific learning profiles
Teams with parents to: provide resources to support students, coordinate Student Success Team Meetings, and provide consultation meetings
Support for All Students
Train students on study strategies and model learning strategies
Provide a safe, welcoming space for students to plan, organize, and complete homework
Supervise and monitor Study Hall periods
Monitor the Student Success Plans (SSP) for students with diagnosed learning differences
Meet with students about accommodations and monitor academic progress
Develop learning goals and plans in collaboration with students
Support for Parents
Host Parent Education Evenings to provide resources to better understand their child as learners
Help parents find resources for testing and educational evaluation
Communicate periodically with parents whose student has an SSP
Consult with parents regarding the ACT and SAT process
Maintain current documentation for the provision of reasonable classroom accommodations
Support for Teachers/Advisors
Collaborate with teachers on teaching strategies that are effective for all kinds of learners
Observe and provide instructional support inside the classrooms
Proctor tests for students with extended time accommodations
Audio, video, and digital library
Our school counselor:
Provides a safe and confidential space for students to talk about personal challenges that impact their well-being at school
Works collaboratively with parents, teachers, and advisors to identify the optimal ways to support students
Offers short-term counseling
Provides referrals and resources to families whose students are in need of long-term support
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of trust between the school counselor and students. What a student shares in the school counseling office stays in the school counseling office. The only three exceptions are required by law and include:
1) Harm to self or others
2) Abuse or neglect or
3) Court or other legal proceedings.
If information needs to be shared outside the counseling office, we will let students know in advance and will work with you to handle the situation with the utmost respect and consideration for your feelings and needs.
Our school counselor is also dedicated to infusing the Kehillah culture and curriculum with the social and emotional skills (SEL) that our students need to be successful at school and in life. These skills include: respectful communication with friends and teachers, active listening, conflict negotiation, and tools for relationship repair after problems are resolved. We also strongly encourage healthy adolescent development in the areas of independent problem solving and self-advocacy with peers and teachers.