As part of Nueva's commitment to nurture the whole child, our nationally recognized Social-Emotional Learning program plays an integral role in the curriculum at every grade level. We encourage students to examine their own thoughts and actions and be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. Within the context of guided activities and peer feedback, SEL gives children the tools to be successful within the interpersonal domain, as well as to develop personal resiliency and awareness in the intrapersonal domain.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, students focus on emotional-literacy skills with SEL specialists, homeroom teachers, and advisers. During the Middle School years, the curriculum broadens to encompass the physical and emotional changes of adolescence and the impact of technology on communication and behavior, providing guidance to analyze and stressful social situations, make ethical decisions, and develop peer-leadership skills. The core competencies developed through the SEL curriculum lead to increased resiliency and empathy and a positive school climate.