The advisor is a coach, mentor, teacher, and often a friend to the student. They guide students in learning how to manage their time, plan their work, and how to define and complete projects. Advisors will follow the students vertically throughout their academic career.

CCS recognizes that students need much more than academic competency to be college and career ready. The skills students need to build successful lives and to participate in their communities, as engaged citizens are: resilience, compassion, grit, self-discipline, passion, ambition, resourcefulness, tenacity, perseverance, curiosity, open mindedness, flexibility, and optimism. Surprisingly, these character strengths are often built from failure, and they are teachable. Students need to learn how to take risks and how to deal with failure in a positive way that prevents them from falling apart and losing it. It is all about modeling that failure is not the end of the world and that “failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success.” It is about training them to depersonalize their mistake, and to figure out a way to avoid making that mistake over again.