We value mentorship so much at our school that we refuse to let our teacher to student ratios get too high. Our smaller classes allow teachers to spend time with each student, and assure that each individual need is met. We also allow opportunities for older students to mentor the younger ones, giving them opportunities to grow and gain confidence.
One way we do this is to divide the school into “Houses” –groups of 10 students with students from each grade in the group. Once a month the Houses gather to socialize and eat lunch together. Then they compete against the other houses in a fun activity. In the dead of winter we have a special two days where the Houses, plan, work, and compete as teams. These activities allow for a great deal of mentoring to happen between the students.