The Middle School Advisory and SEL Program builds upon the five core SEL competencies introduced in lower school, focusing on students' ability to recognize and regulate emotions, cultivate empathy, establish positive relationships, and make ethical and responsible decisions.
Every middle school student belongs to a small grade-level advisory group that meets daily. This advisory program incorporates various components, starting the day with a morning "check-in" based on the Responsive Classroom structure. This time is dedicated to nurturing relationships among peers and teachers and honing essential executive functioning skills, including planning, prioritization, and organization.
Regular longer advisory group meetings include specific SEL lessons addressing foundational and emerging social-emotional topics. In addition to these scheduled advisory times, monthly Community Meetings and whole-school assemblies provide further opportunities for social and emotional growth.
Our advisory curriculum draws from research-based practices in social-emotional learning within independent schools. Collaboratively designed by our teachers and counselors, these lessons are developmentally appropriate and tailored to provide a foundation of practical skills while being responsive to emerging student needs. We leverage various resources, including materials from the Nueva Institute for Social-Emotional Learning, Learning for Justice, Common Sense Media, Stanford Program for Gifted Youth, and others.