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Private School Advisory Program

Each week, Upper School students participate in an administrator-led "Family Meeting." These meetings are a chance for students, in small groups, to explore topics that affect them in their day-to-day lives at school and home and help to promote acceptance and emotional well-being. Family Meeting curriculum tackles topics like bullying, creating a culture of kindness across our campus, how to deal with stress and other similar difficulties students deal with.

Students participate in team-building exercises, conversation prompts and discussions, all with the goal of helping students to take ownership of the quality of life in our Banff community, on and off campus. When students are more connected to their school, they generally perform better academically and show positive results in attendance, behavior, on-time graduation, and social development.


Teacher/Student Mentoring

The Banff "Family Meeting" program offers emotional support for students during adolescence. Meetings offer support in two forms. First, it supplies built-in peer groups for all students, including new students. Second, it gives students an adult who knows them well and who can offer advocacy and support in difficult social and academic situations. 

Advocates of advisory programs like our "Family Meeting" see a direct link between a student’s emotional and social experience and academic achievement. Meetings promote self-esteem and provide peer recognition in an accepting environment, offsetting peer pressure and negative responses from peers in other areas.

the banff difference

one-of-a-kind programs

At The Banff School, our mission is to "Educate the Whole Child,” providing exciting and engaging curriculum as well as unique programs and activities that help the students grow and mature, both academically and creatively.