Ours is a dynamic and challenging world, and we want our students to be prepared to deal effectively with the complexities of the world they will soon enter as young adults. Our Upper School Life Skills program is designed for this purpose.
In fifth grade, students gain insight into their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth. Strong study skills and positive interpersonal skills are particular areas of focus. Students also examine sound personal health habits and proper nutritional and fitness behaviors, as well as the consequences of use and abuse of tobacco and alcohol.
In sixth grade, students spend time learning and discussing such topics as: self-perception, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, mental health, decision making, eating disorders, money matters, advertising, violence in media, communication skills, social skills, and self-assertiveness. Students are provided an introduction to these topics and strategies for how to handle them in a positive manner. Students become empowered to make decisions that will help them maximize the opportunity to become happy, healthy, and successful people.
In seventh grade, students continue to build their repertoire of skills to include areas of academic, emotional, and physical growth. Positive interpersonal skills with peer groups and adults, the implementation of study skills, and the importance of setting goals are emphasized. The physical and emotional changes of adolescence, as well as issues related to human sexuality, are also discussed.
In eighth grade, health literacy and decision-making skills are added areas of focus. Guest speakers present on topics such as CPR, smoking and public health, eating disorders, sexual harassment, domestic and dating violence, reproductive health, the effects of puberty and maturation, and sexually-transmitted diseases.
The four-year Life Skills sequence is essential in helping our students navigate life in a way that maximizes their wellness.