The Lower School's Social Emotional Learning (SEL) supports the development of self, relationships, and community by using an adaptation of the Responsive Classroom’s CARES program. St. Andrew’s faculty and students emphasize, practice, and assess growth in each of these 5 core value areas:
Daily and weekly emphasis is placed on each core value, and sub-skills within each area are introduced and practiced to reinforce the understanding of these values.
St. Andrew’s teachers are trained in Responsive Classroom strategies, techniques, and daily routines. The faculty also use a shared resource library, developed and grown by each grade level team and department. Common books, activities, songs, and videos are available to all faculty and CARES posters, flip charts, and definitions are displayed in each classroom and common area throughout the school.
The Lower School has created an SEL Team to oversee the CARES program throughout the school year. Each grade level and department nominates one representative to meet weekly throughout the school year with the goal of discussing and planning greater implementation of the program. This SEL Team member takes an active voice at all grade level and faculty meetings.