At Stradford, our advisory system will be embedded in the history of our school name. Our students will be placed into house systems, which are named after streets located in the Greenwood community of Tulsa, Oklahoma where the Black Wall Street occurred. Each house will have up to 17 students, one mentor teacher, and a volunteer male leader from the community. The purpose of advisory is to provide the support students need— academically, mentally and socially—to reach their fullest potential.
Our Advisory House structure will ensure our core values are woven into daily life. We will also use advisory for purposeful "teachable moments" where members of the school community can come together to address specific issues or topics. Our core values will drive the advisory lessons that focus on teaching our young men that the success of the individual and the success of the community are tied together. Our advisory program will allow us to positively support students while building meaningful relationships between adults and students within our school community.
Our young men will move with their houses from 5th to 8th grade, ultimately leading to a mentorship program between our upper and lower academy students.
In 5th and 6th grade, students will focus on building self-awareness and identity to understand who they are as individuals. As our students transition into Upper Academy, our students will build on their experiences in in lower academy to uncover how they affect the relationships they build and the community in which they learn.
In 7th and 8th grade, students will begin to make the transformation into understanding how important they are as individuals to the collective. Our advisory curriculum will allow our young men to deepen their relationship to each other and connect our core values to their own lives.
To further align our core values across our students’ four-year experience in our school, each grade will have a specific core value that is explicitly taught within the Advisory House curriculum. The core value will be used to formulate the grade level Rites of Passage ceremony at the end of each year. This ceremonial process will allow our young men to deepen their relationship with the specific core value and create connections to the value within their own lives.
At the end of each school year, we will come together as a community where we will have our young men hear from mentors and motivational speakers as well as celebrate the accomplishments of one another as brothers. Our young men will earn patches that can be worn as a badge of honor on their uniforms. These badges signify their cross over to the next core value and grade.
— Frederick Douglass