Advising & Support
Ambition Needs Support
Tabor Faculty are committed to helping our students develop their characters, explore their interests, and reach for higher standards. This ensures students have the best chance for success at Tabor and beyond.
The Cornerstone: A Great Advisor
The cornerstone of the Tabor experience is our great advisor system. Each newly enrolled Tabor student is assigned a faculty advisor, and most students elect to stay with that adviser for their career at Tabor. By keeping advisor groups small, the school fosters the strong relationships that allow faculty to counsel their advisees effectively. Of an advisor’s many jobs, helping advisees embrace the many challenges inherent in achieving an excellent education is the most important. Advisors make their advisees aware of opportunities, cajole them to stretch their wings, and sometimes insist that they take the leap in discovering a new skill, trying a new activity, or challenging themselves to achieve to their highest potential.
Setting Goals and Planning Ahead
Starting freshmen year, advisors help students create a four-year plan and update the plan each spring, mapping out academics, co-curricular, and leadership opportunities for the coming year. Advisors place careful emphasis on ensuring that the chosen schedule balances rigor, risk, and intellectual curiosity. In coordination with Tabor’s College Counseling staff, the advisor helps to remind students of the importance of crafting a transcript and overall Tabor experience that best leverages a student’s talents and opportunities when it comes time to apply to college.
Getting Help Along the Way: Academic Support
From daily Faculty Office Hours to our helpful librarians to the academic support professionals in our ASSIST Learning Center (Academic Success Strategies through Inquiry, Self-Advocacy, and Technologies), there is always someone to turn to for academic advice. Peer tutors are also available most evenings to answer questions and lend a helping hand. Students can also take advantage of EAST (Evening Academic Support Team) appointments to receive half-hour tutorial sessions in math, writing, and research.
The Parent-Advisor Partnership
Advisors rely on parents for their insights on their children, while parents come to rely on advisors as the first avenue of communication concerning their student. Advisors write formal summative letters to parents twice during the year, while grades are reported home four times a year. Of course, conversations between parents and advisors take place throughout the year and during either of our two Parents’ Weekends or anytime that is more convenient. Parents are always welcome to schedule conferences or a phone call with advisors.
Seniors Advice for Success at Tabor
- Utilize your peers and advisor for support and inspiration
- Don't worry: Take a risk, try a new class, sport or activity - We've got your back!
- Attend Faculty Office Hours
- Visit the ASSIST Center for best practices
- Engage with peer tutors who can help
- Get to know the librarians
Advisors, faculty, and ambitious peers will help you take the leap in discovering a new skill, jumping into a new activity, or staying focused on your highest goals.