Academic advising groups guide high school students

SLA began a new guidance program for our high school students this school year.

“We started advisor groups primarily to address the academic needs of our students. Everything from study skills for our Freshmen to college planning for our Seniors,” says Principal David Branum.

Each week, students meet with five or six of their peers and a faculty advisor. They begin their meeting with a short worship followed by discussions about their current academic progress, developing good study habits, time management, scheduling, career preparation, preparing for SATs, applying for college scholarships and the like.

“As it continues to grow, it also provides students with an adult on campus that they can share whatever is on their mind,” says Mr. Branum. “The ultimate goal is that students are better prepared for life from a social, academic, spiritual, and physical perspective.”

Rheannon Grace LeBlanc, Junior, appreciates the valuable advice she is getting in her academic advising group with Tish Brahmia, science teacher. “I like how Mrs. Brahmia takes the time to go over not only study hacks and time management or scheduling, but also how to cope with your anxiety or depression or even how to avoid weighing yourself down and stressing yourself out. She does a happy mix of the both and I appreciate that she not only focuses on our grades but on our mental stability as well. It feels nice to know that someone cares about us as a person and not just as a student.”