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Family groups ensure that each student has a multi-generational peer group from the onset of their experience at Open High. Emphasis is placed on diversity within family groups. Families form the basic organizational structure for program orientation, character development, and student government. Led by a faculty member known as a “Family Head,” Family Heads assist with student advising, adjustment to Open High School and learning opportunities. Family Heads advocate for their family members and guide students to needed supports. Each family sends representatives to the Student Representative body that discusses school concerns, suggests school improvements, plans school events and activities, and presides over whole-school Town Meetings.