Developing Empathy and Compassion

We believe that character development is just as important as academic achievement. Through our social-emotional learning curriculum, a nationally recognized Global Studies program and service learning taught throughout the school, our students are learning to grow beyond themselves and develop compassion and empathy for others.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Children need to be emotionally and socially centered in their community so they feel safe to make mistakes and take risks. We use the Positive Discipline method as a school-wide program, along with other complementary, age-specific social-emotional curricula to help students become as capable socially and emotionally as they are academically.

We focus on five areas of social-emotional growth and development:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-management
  3. Social Awareness
  4. Relationship and Communication Skills
  5. Responsible Decision-making Behaviors

Our Commitment to SEL

Social Emotional Learning is integral to all that we do at Evergreen. We have two full-time counselors—one in the Primary Division and one in the Upper Division. These dedicated professionals design and implement social/emotional lessons, conduct individual meetings and small group sessions with students. They also provide consultations for parents/guardians and teachers, promote the Positive Discipline model to teachers and families and organize workshops and guest lectures that reinforce the five social and emotional competencies. 
"I was really touched by how the mindfulness sessions would bring out thoughtful comments and questions from even our quietest students—it was a very safe space to take risks to try new things for me and my students."

Practicing Mindfulness