Wilbur Cross' New Advisory Program Mentors Students

Mentors cultivate confidence at Wilbur Cross High School
By Abbe Smith, Register Staff
NEW HAVEN — Twice a month, students at Wilbur Cross High School are putting down their textbooks and learning to better read themselves and their peers.

The city’s biggest high school, with about 1,250 students, launched a new advisory program earlier this year that pairs adult mentors with small groups of teens. The idea is to establish personal relationships that nurture students’ confidence in themselves and cultivate respect for each other.

“When you deal with a large number of kids, some fall through the cracks. This program allows the adviser to get to know students at a level other than academic and decide on interventions that could make each child a success,” said Wilbur Cross Assistant Principal Larry Conaway, who oversees the advisory program.

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