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Advisor Program


...the student/teacher relationship transcends the classroom walls.

WMA Advisor Program 101

Who is an advisor?

WMA Advisors are members of the faculty, staff and administration who devote their time, passion and energy to ensuring growth in every student.

what value does an advisor bring to a student?

Advisors help students:

  • develop academic plans
  • interpret WMA requirements, policies, regulations and procedures
  • develop decision-making skills
  • understand the implications of their choices
  • by serving as a liaison between the Academy and parents
  • take advantage of special opportunities like Global Scholars/Leaders, international travel, alumni connections, weekend activities, summer programs, etc.

Why does my student need an advisor?

WMA understands that students need academic advisors to be advocates, confidantes and a balancing force in their life. More often than not, they also just need someone who will listen to them. The advisors act as the keystone in each student’s educational experience at the Academy.

what value does an advisor bring that a teacher or coach might not?

Advisors are able view the student’s whole experience (academics, athletics, extracurricular, social), rather than just a snapshot of the classroom.

what are the dynamics of an advisor group?

Advisor groups are intentionally kept small to ensure the quality and frequency of the advisee and advisor interactions.

The group (typically six students or fewer) meets approximately three times each month. Advisor group meeting time is built into the weekly academic bell schedule - from 9:55 - 10:20 a.m. - on Thursdays.

How can an advisor help parents of a student?

WMA's advisors act as a link between the Academy and their advisee’s family. When family members have a question, comment or concern, they are encouraged to contact the advisor. The advisor will either help them or direct them to the appropriate department for further information.

How often will the Advisor communicate with parents?

Advisors will contact their advisee’s family throughout the school year and have an opportunity to meet with them during Family Weekend in October.

Families are always welcome to request meetings with their child’s advisor. Open and frequent communication between the student, their family and the advisor allows for a student experience that is built upon transparency, support, and intention.