University Schools

High School Advising

The University Schools advisement program is one of the most important ways through which students develop feelings of belonging in the school community. We are unique in that we provide our students the opportunity for daily contact with an advisor. The objectives of our advisement program include:

  • Academic development of the student
  • Affective development of the student
  • Advocacy for the student

Program Components

Our advising groups meet Tuesday through Friday for 30 minutes each day. Students who participate in the peer advisor program receive a grade Credit/No Credit (S/U), for .2 credits per trimester.

  • The advisor serves as a mentor
  • The advisor assists in the development of portfolios and Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)
  • The advisor monitors the student's academic progress
  • The advisor communicates the progress of students to parents
  • Provides opportunities for peer tutoring
  • Encourages students to explore a wide variety of learning experiences
  • Teaches and reinforces organizational skills, goal setting, and career planning
  • The advisor assists students in completing requirements for graduation
  • Provides activities that develop and reinforce appropriate social skills
  • Provides a supportive and safe environment
  • Develops the members into a strong support system for each other and encourages personal communications and experiences that lead to respect for and acceptance of diversity in others

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 29 credits in required coursework to graduate. Core subjects include English, math, social studies, and science. In addition, students may select from a variety of interdisciplinary and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Please refer to our Course Catalog for specific course names and requirements. 

In addition to classroom work, we require our students to participate in 50 hours of community service, three half-day shadowing experiences, 50 hours of an internship program, and a senior project. For more information regarding these requirements, please see the information under the "FYI"  heading.