1 . Complete the Smart Aid Application
General information needed to complete the application:
  • Current income
  • Household expenses
  • Current asset and debt information
2 . Documents to Upload onto the Smart Aid Website
After completing the application you will be prompted to upload the following documents to the Smart Aid website:
  • Tax return (for the 2020-21 award year the 2018 tax return is required) with all schedules (this includes if you have either an S-Corp or Partnership listed on Schedule E or your 1040, please submit the corresponding K-1's and form 1065 or 1120S)
  • All W-2 and/or 1099 forms (2018 form are required for the 2020-21 year)
  • Most recent pay stubs (if applicable)
Geffen Academy's advisory program has been created to reinforce our mission and vision to create a school that is academically inspiring and humane. In advisory, students build close relationships with each other and their advisor. Advisory serves as a moment during the student's week to decompress, check- in, or dig deeper on a concept touched upon in Wellness or a current event that is affecting students and their families.

Advisories consist of 11-14 students and a classroom educator. They meet twice a week for 45 minutes. 

Advisory lessons include:

  • Executive functioning skill development (organization, short- and long-term planning)
  • Character and citizenship education (conflict resolution, anti-bullying behavior, upstander behavior, healthy decision-making, problem-solving, cyber ethics)
  • Wellness (physical, social, emotional, mental; self-care, nutrition, sleep, friendships, clear communication)
  • Social Emotional Learning (sleep, friendships, vocabulary development for emotional expression, clear communication, healthy habit formation) 
  • Social Justice and Multiculturalism (discussing current events in the news/politics/media; talking across difference, using common language on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics, including race, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, sexual orientation, family structure, norms and traditions, pop culture, and more)