Student services is a part of Advent’s effort to ensure that students are strengthened to meet high expectations by supporting and encouraging each child to strive for his or her personal best. Through collaboration with parents, teachers and other resources, our environment fosters each student’s ability to flourish academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Advent will provide responsive services to our community through personal counseling, crisis counseling, problem solving or consultation. Each concern is treated individually and may result in a referral to an outside resource. Responsive services will be carried out through individual, small group, or whole group counseling. To best support each family, students will be monitored by the counselor to assist in student success.

Advising Program

Each student in grades five through eight participates in our advising program. During the first quarter, students are explicitly taught skills to strengthen their organization, time management, and planning abilities. These skills are then demonstrated in the second and third quarters as students begin to prepare for student-led conferences. Each student is tasked with setting academic and personal goals. Students reflect on their performance weekly with their teacher advisor which is then presented to their parents during a conference led by the student. In the fourth quarter, students participate in the social-emotional curriculum: RethinkEd.

Social-Emotional Curriculum




Our social-emotional curriculum is intended to engage the school community to create caring, motivating and equitable learning environments that promote social, emotional and academic growth. Our lessons are taught using the Collaborative Association for Social-Emotional Learning’s core competencies. The competencies provide the framework that strengthens each student’s ability to effectively and ethically deal with daily tasks and challenges.


Social-emotional lessons are led by the homeroom teacher and are also reinforced through monthly guidance lessons with Jennifer Dunn. We are proud to offer our students these lessons which are designed by RethinkEd. This curriculum allows for a stronger parent-teacher collaboration as each student’s progress is monitored and information is sent home so that discussions may continue.

Self-Awareness

Students develop their strengths and opportunities for growth. They learn to identify when help is needed and how to ask for help.


Self-Management

Students learn how to express their feelings and how to handle their actions appropriately. Students work to set goals and achieve them.


Social Awareness

Students demonstrate care and learn how to work with people different from themselves. Students understand and respect their thoughts, feelings and perspectives.


Relationship Skills

Students interact in ways that fosters positive relationships. They learn how to handle conflicts in healthy ways.


Responsible Decision Making

Students learn to act in ways that are respectful and safe. They consider how their choices will affect themselves and others.  

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    Jennifer Dunn
    How are you doing? No really, how are you doing? And before you say, “Fine!”, allow yourself a moment to consider “How am I really doing?”!
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Founded in 1950 and located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, Advent Episcopal School is a coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th.