A strong advisory program can be one of the most effective vehicles for developing student agency. Advisories at I.D.E.A. are an important part of ensuring that all students are known and served well. Advisories serve many purposes—from simply being a place where students can have a conversation with a trusted adult, to a place where personal learning plans and portfolios of student work are developed and assessed.
"We believe that everyone at the school should be afforded the respect of being known well, that the particular strengths and
weaknesses, worries and hopes, of each young person should be understood and accommodated. Personalization is not just
courtesy; it is the necessary condition for efficient and effective teaching of each student." (Sizer, 1992, p. 143)