What is Social-Emotional Learning?
SEL curriculum develops these competencies:


  • Develop self-expression and self-advocacy
  • Learn how to express them respectfully


  • Develop awareness of different responses
  • Learn compromise and flexibility
  • Practice mindfulness techniques

Social awareness:

  • Develop empathy for others
  • Embrace diversity


Students learning friendship skills by 
sharing symbols from the natural world. 

Relationship skills:

  • Communicate clearly
  • Listen actively
  • Learn qualities of friendship
  • Adjust actions for win-win outcomes
  • Negotiate conflict constructively
  • Seek and offer help as needed
  • Practice compassion and forgiveness

Responsible decision-making:

  • Evaluate action options
  • Consider consequences
  • Align behavior with values
  • Creatively solve problems


SEL Is Essential

Since SEL is ingrained as a vital part of our school culture, all teachers have the training and are empowered to respond to children’s needs using this common language and approach, providing cohesive integration throughout each day.

In addition to classroom teaching, SEL Specialists do responsive work with students as needed in small groups or one-on-one sessions.

SEL curriculum and the Trips Program are tightly interwoven to ensure that students are equipped with necessary skills, support, and resources as they progress to increasingly independent experiences from year to year. Supported by teachers and chaperone leaders, students exercise their SEL skills to care for themselves and their classmates while being confident, respectfully inquisitive, and adaptable to unfamiliar, real world environments.

SEL teachers also provide periodic parent education nights around topics relevant to each grade.


How Do We Teach This?

Pre-K and Kindergarten
SEL is a central program element integrated into classroom life, curriculum and experiences. Classroom teacher leads SEL for 1 hour per week.

Grades 1 – 4
SEL is a dedicated hour each week taught by an SEL specialist with participation by classroom teachers.

Grades 5 – 8
SEL is one class period each week taught by an SEL specialist.

Grades 9 – 12
Science of Mind is taught by a specialist for one class period each week.





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