Our advisory program for our upper grades is a continuation of Responsive Classroom approach that we use in our lower grades. Our belief is that when children feel understood, safe, valued and respected, they learn to value and respect others which benefits them emotionally as well as academically. Advisory offers students a consistent, dependent opportunity to get to know themselves and each other through intellectually challenging games, activities and discussions. We use this time to specifically address the social and emotional issues of young adolescents such as identity-formation, coping with change, emerging sexuality, the influence of popular culture, as well as the academic issues of developing good study and organizational habits. Each grade has an advisor who remains with them for their three years of middle school and facilitates their advisory period. We also invite community organizations in for workshops and presentations. For example, The Chicago Women’s Health Clinic presented a program on puberty, sexuality, and sexual health combined with discussions on Jewish values for our Grades Seven and Eight and series of workshops centered about the issue of self-esteem lead by the Response Center for our Grade Six students.