Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) encourages the healthy development of self, relationships, and community.  Our K-12 program strives to intentionally guide our students to a greater sense of self and self-regulation; how to establish, build and maintain healthy relationships; and provide opportunity for each student to use these skills to positively affect the school community.  


The successful St. Andrew's student is one who is intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually balanced. We have achieved increasingly positive results in nurturing this "whole child" by integrating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into our curriculum.

The St. Andrew's SEL program is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges from supportive peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student relationships.

As a key component of our SEL program, St. Andrew’s students in each division have the opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness exercises. 

We believe that in order to have an effective SEL program, we must begin teaching social and emotional skills in first grade and continue teaching them through high school. We strive to develop these five core SEL skills in students:

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  • Self-Awareness

    We teach vocabulary to help students name their feelings and understand the reasons and circumstances that cause them. We teach mindfulness practices that help students acknowledge and understand difficult emotions.
  • Social Awareness

    We teach students how to recognize and deal with their own feelings, the feelings of another person, and how to differentiate between the two. We teach mindfulness skills that build empathy and compassion.
  • Relationship Skills

    These include mutual respect, cooperation, resistance to inappropriate social pressures, conflict negotiation, and the courage and tenacity to be honest.
  • Self-Management

    We encourage students to handle their emotions in a way that facilitates, rather than interferes with, the task at hand; to delay gratification in order to pursue long-term goals; and to persevere in the face of setbacks and frustrations. We teach mindfulness practices that strengthen impulse control while helping students manage stress and build resilience.
  • Responsible Decision Making

    Step-by-step guidance on how to make good decisions and how to be accountable for those decisions.


We view attending the social and emotional needs of our students to be among our highest educational priorities. Thus, the St. Andrew's model not only focuses on students, but also seeks to foster SEL skills among its faculty. The following list indicates the range of ways that faculty attain and maintain their SEL fluency. Faculty in each division are also offered mindfulness training, which translates into greater well-being and increased effectiveness in the classroom. 

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  • Responsive Classroom

    The entire Lower School Faculty receives Level-1 training in the practices of the Responsive Classroom, a research- and evidence-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. Click here to read more about the Responsive Classroom model.
  • In-Service Training

    SEL is a component of our In-Service Training, a period before the school year commences during which faculty and staff review topics such as: "How to Integrate SEL into the Classroom", "Self-Management: a Discipline System", and "How to Communicate Most Productively with Parents."
  • SEL Teams

    SEL Teams in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools are designed to address student and teacher concerns in the areas of social and emotional growth and development. These teams meet on a weekly basis and comprise both faculty and administrators.
  • Faculty Commitment to SEL

    The ability to attend to the social and emotional needs of students is an important consideration when hiring new teachers and staff.

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Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.