International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit

Student Advisory Program

The Student Advisory program focuses on addressing the social and emotional needs of Middle School students while building a sense of small-group community and strengthening student-adult relationships. Students are placed in small groups with a teacher-advisor. Groups generally meet twice a week to share perspectives on relevant issues, play collaborative games, and build organizational skills. It is a time of friendship, support and social-emotional learning.

The school-wide Dispositions provide a framework for Advisory, along with three Advisory objectives developed by faculty: self-awareness, a sense of belonging, and time for "inspiring, memorable fun". Each grade level also addresses developmentally appropriate issues such as relationship skills, stress-reduction skills, goal-setting, decision-making and healthy risk-taking. Time is also allotted for study skills and organization. Advisory supports the Counseling Department and social-emotional learning that occurs throughout the Middle School program--Wellness classes, other academic courses, and co-curricular activities-- by giving students the opportunity to share and apply their learning to issues they are facing in the context of a safe environment. Teacher-advisors serve as mentors and a first line of academic support for their advisory students.



  • Each Advisory is made up of a maximum of thirteen students in the same grade level who meet with an assigned advisor throughout the year.
  • Advisory period takes place twice each week.
  • Regular assemblies reinforce Advisory themes structured around ISM's Dispositions: Balanced, Caring, Curious, Ethical, Persevering, Responsible.
  • Advisory sessions include circle discussions, group sharing, collaborative games, inspiring videos, time to get organized and reflective activities.
  • Various activities focus on community building, "character strengths" development, service learning, mindfulness, study skills, self-expression and self-regulation.
  • Advisory teachers serve as advocates for their students.