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Social & Emotional Learning

As a community rooted in the values of inclusivity, kindness, respect and compassion, we believe in fostering meaningful relationships and teaching the skills for social and emotional development beginning in Preschool and continuing through Eighth Grade.

Daily best practices and our commitment to carrying out the School’s Mission and Community Code are supplemented with a schoolwide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program to practice skills for social awareness, develop interpersonal intelligence, and learn responsible decision-making, led by School Counselor and LPC, Kate Childs.

Daily Lesson Integration & School-wide Theme of the Month

CharacterStrong Curriculum

Along with ongoing training and support, teachers integrate SEL education into daily classroom discussion and throughout all of their lessons, based on school wide monthly themes that help focus conversations and further connect our community of teachers and learners. Guided by the CharacterStrong curriculum, monthly themes include empathy, respect, kindness and creativity.

SEL for our Younger Students

In our Early Childhood Division and Lower School, teachers employ methods including “Baby Doll Circle Time” and “Zones of Regulation” to teach impulse control and calming strategies.

SEL in the Upper School

In the Upper School, students meet in Advisory groups and engage in more student-driven and teacher-guided SEL conversations about leadership, learning styles, personal accountability, cultural competence, and other relevant topics.