The social-emotional development of each girl forms a core part of our program and focus in the Lower School. Our goal is to grow the whole child: a child who will be inquisitive, resilient, self-aware, and sensitive to the needs of others.
Our approach to social-emotional growth is three-pronged: Responsive Classroom, which provides us tools to help the girls develop strong values; service learning and community projects that help us see beyond ourselves and work to meet the needs of a broader community; and work within classrooms which focuses on providing the girls with tools to resolve conflicts, develop a personal voice, and learn the give and take of friendship.
Each grade level addresses these areas as is appropriate for the age and needs of the child, but all elements are at work in every grade level. By the time the girls move up to Middle School, we want them to have values that help guide them, the knowledge and ability to be a contributing member of a community, and a toolbox of skills and attitudes to help them make good decisions in resolving conflicts and addressing challenging social situations that require a strong moral compass.