Crew provides each student a one-to-one relationship with an adult advisor at the school, as well as a consistent and ongoing small-scale peer community. Advisors monitor and support student progress, serve as the student’s advocate in difficult academic and social situations, and act as the primary contact point between parents and the school. Crew meetings are frequently used for teambuilding exercises and for group discussions on topical issues. These exercises and discussions help establish Crew identity and a positive school culture.
Crew has a strong academic focus on the goal of developing life-long learners. This goal, while primarily addressed in academic classes, has a special home in Crew. Crew time can be used for literacy skills and structured discussions based on current events or book studies. Advisors utilize readers’ workshops and other practices that hone students’ ability to apply reading comprehension strategies to progressively more challenging texts.
Sonya Benavides, Unconditional Education Coach