Academic success goes hand-in-hand with personal growth. We believe learning can’t happen without the proper social and emotional support in place. It’s why we make sure our students feel safe, supported and valued.
Connection to Curriculum
Social and emotional development is foundational to learning—and it’s woven throughout our curriculum. Our Issues and Choices class is one where students’ lives are the subject of the class. Projects cultivate communication skills, self-confidence and self-advocacy. We’re committed to helping students make the adjustment during this challenging period by focusing on topics such as:
- Developing self-esteem
- Increasing confidence
- Interpersonal relationships
- Leadership and responsibility
- Peer pressure and bullying
- Identity exploration
- Digital Citizenship
- Growth mindset
All of our campuses have trained social workers on staff to provide behavioral and social support for any student who needs it.
Up-Close: Social and Emotional Skills in Action
The I am From poem is a signature Aim High project that fosters identity exploration and cultivates an appreciation for one’s culture. Students examine how their background and past experiences contribute to who they are. To begin, students brainstorm a list of sights, sounds, smells, activities, and elements from childhood. They choose a few topics on which to elaborate. Selected topics then become the beginning line of each stanza. Students expand on the topics until a poem has emerged. Once the poetry is complete, students compare and contrast their work with classmates, allowing them to see their similarities and differences.
I am From poems help students explore the complexities of individuality in their community and the multiple experiences that shape one’s identity.
I am from Dad’s chicken adobo
The steam filling up the kitchen
And its pungent smell drifting
From one room to another
Calling the family to dinner