Middle and High School students are developmentally primed for mentoring. In our 1-1 courses, mentoring happens naturally as our teachers engage with students.
We choose teachers who are compassionate, kind, and relate well to teens, so they become excellent role models for their students. Often teachers are so excited about their subject, their students will become equally excited and end up pursuing that subject in much more depth than expected, or even pursuing a degree in that subject after high school, coming back to thank the teacher for the inspiration.
We also have a more formal mentoring program where one of the student's teachers takes on a more extended mentor/advisor role, helping the student develop goals and a plan for keeping on track with these goals, and checking in regularly on the student's progress both with the student and the other teachers. This option works extremely well for students who need more help with areas such as organizational (executive function) skills, motivation, etc.
“We found the instructors at Tilden to be extra-ordinary and as good, if not better than, the faculty at the best private high schools. They were also caring and very responsive.”Tilden Parent