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Advisor Program in Senior School

Joseph McCulley, our headmaster from 1927 to 1948, was revolutionary in the field of education. Among his many innovations, the Advisor Program was created to increase the sense of personalized education and community that still exists at Pickering today. Advisors connect with their advisees personally, maintain a close relationship with parents and create that home-away-from-home feeling that is such an important support to our many international students.

Development of the whole person is at the forefront of the Advisor Program. In addition to academic success, discussions and activities focus on leading a well-balanced life, making healthy choices, managing stress, our Quaker heritage and giving back to the community.

The Advisor Program at Pickering College directly contributes to our mission to be a leader in education, inspiring individuals to become enlightened citizens who meet high standards for lifelong growth and learning.

The predominant role of the advisor is to get to know the advisees in a more personal way than usually happens in the classroom. Advisor groups meet for 30 minutes every two or three weeks. By getting to know the aptitudes, interests, and abilities of each student, the advisor is better able to provide support required for success in the Senior School.

Advisors also help advisees to refine decision-making skills as they relate to the future education and career plans of students, instilling confidence in their advisees and encouraging them to take control of their academic success. It is not expected that the advisor will replace the role of the Guidance Counsellor. However, the advisor will act as a further source of information, experience and emotional support.

The advisor also serves as the point person in the relationship between Pickering College and parents and custodians. Parents contact the advisor first whenever there are questions to be asked or comments to be made. The advisor may not always know the answer but he or she is able to help the parents get the information they need.

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