In an effort to help our ninth-graders make a successful transition from middle school to high school, UHS provides a network of support systems. An integral part of this network is the Peer Advising Program. Peer advisors are juniors and seniors who work with the ninth-graders and sophomores, providing them with informal counseling, information about teen health issues, and support around the myriad of issues which face adolescents in their early high school years. Each peer advisor is assigned to an advising cluster and works closely with that group of students and the faculty mentor throughout their two-year commitment. Peer advisors serve as role models and teachers for the ninth-graders and sophomores, understanding that they are not expected to take on the role of the adult mentor. In addition, peer advisors help teach the ninth-grade Teen Skills course and they are primarily responsible for teaching the sophomore Teen Health class. They spend much of their two-year commitment to this program developing their teaching skills. Peer advisors are selected in the spring of their sophomore year. The application process involves a written application, teacher recommendation, and interview.