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Social Emotional Learning

Developing empathetic and thoughtful citizens

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of the Carey curriculum through which we engage students in building collaborative classrooms and a strong school community.

Toolbox of life skills

We infuse SEL instruction throughout the day. Our program works to build student capabilities in four key areas: listening and communication skills; empathy and the ability to see multiple perspectives; self-awareness and reflection; and collaboration and conflict resolution.

Daily practice

Our teachers dedicate regular class time each week for students to listen and support each other. With encouragement and modeling by our faculty, students practice and apply SEL skills in a variety of ways: using “I” statements, cooperative games, inside and outside voices, journaling, mindfulness, artistic renderings, and role-playing.

A culture of kindness

Whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground, we promote a positive and supportive environment for all. As students progress through the grades, their SEL skills and tools compound. By fifth grade, they become ambassadors of Carey’s shared values of kindness, respect, and personal responsibility, and they take those skills on to their next school community.