The advisory program is an integral component of Beacon Academy. The student-advisor relationship is the bedrock of our student experience. Advisors attend to the whole person when dealing with their advisees and serve as their advocate and confidante. Advisors are often the first point of contact between the school and the parent. Advisories meet as a group regularly during the school week, and advisors will also spend individual time helping their advisees construct academic, athletic and community service plans. The average student-to-advisor ratio is 6:1.
Beacon Academy intentionally assesses students with a rubric focusing on the stages of learning: Developing, Proficient, and Mastery. Students receive percentage grades on formal assessments that indicate the level of mastery or work still needed in order to achieve proficiency in a given area. The chart on this page uses the analogy of riding a bike to illustrate the Beacon grading philosophy and reflect common feedback from and discussions between teachers and students on a daily basis.