Health and Wellness
In the Lower School, students develop self-awareness, respect for one another’s autonomy, and a deep understanding of positive social connections and community. A central tenet of the Lower School is Take Care of Self, Take Care of Others, Take Care of Your Environment. In all grades, students learn to interact with peers and adults with empathy, care and curiosity. Faculty deliver age appropriate lessons on interpersonal skills, habits for a safe and healthy lifestyle, and human development and physiology.
Health topics in the Lower School are designed to meet the needs and interests of each age group.
- Early childhood and K1 students focus on effective and appropriate self expression and play, making healthy food choices, and learning to be safe at home and school.
- The 2-3 classroom studies human reproduction and genetics, basic first aid and emergency response, water safety, and nutrition.
- 4-5 students continue with a more in depth study of human reproduction, genealogy, and human diversity.
In all classrooms, teachers emphasize self care, diversity, and acceptance of differences.
From the first weeks of school, students develop a bond with their advisor and become part of a home station for the duration of the two-year grade level program that ensures each student is known and celebrated for their unique strengths. Teachers utilize many opportunities for students to share and model community norms and school values of safety, kindness, and respect for diversity.
Students learn to accept the responsibility and feel the satisfaction of making healthy personal decisions to support their own positive self-image and joyful participation in community. Specific SEL lessons on self-awareness, empathy, friendship, kindness, and courage by teachers and school counselors in each home station deepen everyday learning. As students move on from Lower School, they can expect to feel comfortable with routines and procedures, make transitions with ease, be able to listen, respond to and work well with others, and have confidence articulating their own wants and needs.