The advisory program at MIS prepares students to become independent, lifelong learners who feel connected to themselves and their community.  Advisories creates an environment in which students are well-known and supported in a small group and by at least one adult.

The goal for an advisory group is:

1. Supportive and caring relationships with adults

2. Constructive and caring relationships within a group of friends

3. Relationships with their community through service

MIS students are placed in a multi-age advisory consisting of 12 – 14 students and one adult advisor.  These teams meet every morning at 8:30 am, plus periodically during “Flex” blocks throughout the year.

ATL Skills

The advisory program at MIS provides a natural environment for developing IB Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills.  The ATL skills have relevance across the curriculum and help students to “learn how to learn”. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning.

IB programmes identify five ATL skill categories, expanded into developmentally appropriate skill clusters.

ATL skill categories MYP ATL skill clusters
Communication I. Communication
Social II. Collaboration
Self-management III. Organization
IV. Affective
V. Reflection
Research VI. Information literacy
VII. Media literacy
Thinking VIII. Critical thinking
IX. Creative thinking
X. Transfer