Social-Emotional Development

In addition to academic progress, children at Spruce Street School benefit from time dedicated to developing social and emotional skills. They learn empathy, impulse control, anger management, and conflict resolution through the Second Step and Steps to Respect programs. Each and every member of the community is taught to take responsibility for his/her own behavior, to give and receive help graciously, and to be respectful of differences. We teach children (through curriculum and modeling) to recognize and respect their own feelings and the feelings of others. We emphasize collaboration in work and play. We teach and make use of conflict resolution skills in daily school life.

Children take these skills into the wider community, where they are engaged in service projects. Service Learning is central in the fulfillment of our Mission Statement, and is strongly integrated into the curriculum.

Learn more about Second Step and Steps to Respect.