We emphasize social-emotional learning (SEL) because we believe that education should nurture and empower the whole person. And we're not alone. Research shows that SEL positively impacts academic performance, attitudes, and behaviors, and reduces emotional distress.

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social-Emotional Learning, as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Why is SEL So Important?

Increasing competition and academic/personal pressures driven by parents, colleges, social media, etc. have resulted in unprecedented amounts of stress and anxiety in students. SEL strives to teach ways to cope and balance these pressures while also fostering a well-rounded, socially competent, emotionally balanced individuall. SEL aims to improve student attention, reduce stress, increase self control, improve awareness, strengthen student resiliency, and increase academic success - all while fostering confidence, empathy, compassion, patience, and generosity.

SEL in Action

Preschool & Lower School: The Mind-Up curriculum teaches students about the parts of the brain that regulate their emotions, giving them a greater understanding of themselves and helping them be better friends to their peers.
Middle School: Teachers often start class with the Core Practice - listening to chimes and taking deep breathes - to help students focus.
Upper School: A required wellness class offers strategies for managing stress, relationships, communication, and more.

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