Social Emotional Learning in the Upper School supports the fulfillment of each student’s potential through the consistent emphasis on taking care of self, relationships, and the community.
SEL in the Upper School is the continuation of the students' journey, culminating in a greater emphasis on service to the community. Individuals cannot serve the greater community and one another without first having the ability to control, manage and regulate their own thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Skills such as stress management, decision-making, time management, advocacy, and gratitude are discussed weekly through student-led advisory activities and discussions.
As the students mature and develop more self-awareness, they are asked to reflect on this question, “How can I serve my peers and the greater community with my talents and skills?” Leadership and mentoring opportunities allow our Upper School students the opportunity to practice and develop these relational skills.
Beginning freshmen year, students have the opportunity to run for and join a variety of councils on campus. There is also a weekly, student-led advisory with a variety of social and emotional themes. Entering junior and senior year, students can apply for leadership and mentoring groups which spend intentional time reaching out to younger grades on both the Upper and Middle School campuses.
St. Andrew’s Mindfulness program, led by director Adam Ortman, was featured in this month’s Diversity IS magazine - the diversity and inclusion magazine for independent schools. The article “Faculty and Administrators Are the Front Line to Providing Mental Health Services” discusses how mindfulness can combat the negative effects of technology habits: “As young people turn increasingly to technology to avoid feelings of loneliness, boredom, and anxiety, the harder it is to learn to cope with unhealthy aspects of their lives,” Adam says, adding, "One of the most natural things we do is breathe and relax in our bodies. If we can offer these sorts of tools to young people, I think that it makes them feel more empowered to take care of themselves and work with their own experiences.”
Our mid-year, digital magazine The Highlander is here. (Download a PDF version here).Our students have been growing every day in their classrooms, on courts, fields, and stages, and in the greater Austin community. Be sure you click on our hyperlinked content to find extra info and photos. Our magazines are always available to view (including archived issues) on our Publications page.
St. Andrew's Annie Sykes (Middle School Student Services Coordinator) and Scott Zimmerman (Director of Social Emotional Learning) will host the discussion. Parents will be given the opportunity to ask questions, talk in small groups, and encourage one another with stories of success.
Unable to attend on December 3? Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 5, 2019, when Dr. Brooks will be presenting to all St. Andrew's families at 8:00 am in Rollins Library. Our hope is that by providing these two information sessions, we will support and empower you as parents in raising healthy children in a digital world.
As part of St. Andrew’s ongoing K-12 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, the fifth-graders were split into boys and girls groups this month to discuss different topics with SEL Director Scott Zimmerman and LS/MS Counselor Brearley Khan.
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.