We are dedicated to supporting, inspiring, motivating and guiding students in their journey through childhood and adolescence.
By promoting our students’ Social and Emotional Learning, we enhance their personal development and educate both “the head and the heart." Our three division-specific counselors collaborate with administrators, faculty/staff, and parents to create a positive learning environment and help students develop a healthy self-concept. The counselors work from a strengths-based model that encourages students to identify positive goals and recognize inner strengths that foster hope, optimism, persistence and grit.
What is Social and Emotional Learning, and why is it important?
CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) defines Social Emotional Learning as “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 positive decisions.” Researchers now suggest that a child's success or failure isn't only determined by cognitive skills, as once thought. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, or those most related to character, including grit, optimism and self-awareness, are other important contributors to student success.