is the cornerstone of the Montrose experience.

One-to-One Advising

  • Goes far beyond traditional academic advising
  • Provides every student with an advisor and mentor
  • An advisor serves as captain of each girl's success management team
  • Formal meetings occur 6-8 times a semester
  • Informal meetings are frequent
  • Advisors meet with parents at least twice a year

Bridget Rose '13, Roanoke College '17, White House Intern

My Montrose advisors challenged me to grow in confidence by encouraging me to push myself, which prompted me to take the chance to apply for the White House internship.


List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Who are Montrose advisors?

    Montrose advisors are faculty members, staff members or former members of the Montrose community.
  • Q. How does advising work?

    Meetings with an advisor consist of informal conversations to help each student know herself better, set academic and personal goals, cultivate interests, and foster potential. Advisors help students to reflect, to acquire perspective on life’s ups and downs, and to grow in virtues such as honesty, fortitude, sincerity, gratitude, cheerfulness, generosity, industry, modesty and respect.
  • Q. What are the benefits of the advising program?

    The advising program ensures that every Montrose student has the personalized attention of a caring adult, who takes the time to know her advisee and develop a relationship with her. No one slips through the cracks, and everyone is held to the same high standard of being her best possible self.
  • Q. Can students choose their advisor?

    In middle school, advisors are assigned. Beginning in 9th grade, students may request an advisor for the following year.
  • Q. How often do students meet with their advisors?

    Each student is assigned an advisor who meets with her personally six to eight times a semester.
  • Q. Do parents meet with their daughter’s advisor?

    Advisors are the primary contact person for parents. Parents should feel free to contact their daughter’s advisor whenever they have any questions. Advisors meet with parents at least twice a year to learn how to help each student grow and develop.

    If a teacher or staff member observes that a student is experiencing difficulty, she communicates with the advisor and the Director of Advising. Parents are consulted to help formulate a plan of action.
  • Q. Does advising take place in a group or individually?

    Advising at Montrose is individualized. Students meet regularly with their advisors one on one. Occasionally, students meet in an “advising family” group for special events.

LifeCompass Character and Leadership Program

The phrase "life compass" encapsulates the Montrose mission. Every aspect of the Montrose experience helps girls to build a life compass, one that orients their minds toward truth (veritas), their hearts toward authentic friendship and noble ambition (caritas), and their character toward free and responsible action (libertas).