When students matriculate at EHS, they are placed with an advisor. This placement is based upon the student’s interests and needs at that time. As a student matures, interests may shift and relationships with the advisor or with other advisees may change. In light of this, any student may request a change of advisory at any time, although such changes cause the least disruption and awkwardness when made at the end of the academic year. Freshmen are formally notified about the opportunity to change advisors at the end of their freshman year.
The process to change advisories is as follows: First, the student should contact the Advisory Chair to make a formal request. Second, the student must complete a form that includes reasons that are prompting the change and preferences regarding the new advisor’s style, approach, interests, and other qualities. Third, the student must meet face-to-face with the Advisory Chair or an administrator to discuss the proposed change.
Some reasons for changing advisory groups are insufficient: students may not switch advisory groups to be with their friends or to select a favorite teacher to be their advisor. If the reasons for making a change are deemed appropriate, the Advisory Chair or administrator will offer several options for new advisory groups to which the student might move. Once an acceptable arrangement has been determined, the Advisory Chair will inform the student and parents of the details and timing for the change and will subsequently inform the registrar, former, advisor, and new advisor of this change. All conversations about making advisory changes will be handled sensitively, respecting the confidentiality of the information shared as much as possible.