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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

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At St. John's, we not only focus on academics but also on our students' social and emotional well-being. Our Social and Emotional Learning approach into daily curriculum and programs help children recognize, understand, and manage their emotions and stress. Also, nurturing children's abilities to identify the feelings of others, develop empathy and respect, build healthy relationships and interpersonal skills.

We foster SEL through daily chapels and outreach initiatives with lessons to promote empathy, kindness, and mindfulness; morning meetings to practice communication and active listening; project-based learning to connect social-emotional skills with academic content; and so much more. SJPDS also gives students opportunities for self-exploration and reflection and group work time to encourage children to confidently and appropriately express themselves, which builds and enhances their relationships. This opportunity is essential when creating a community of inclusivity and respect at SJPDS.

Furthermore, we enhance our SEL initiatives such as Responsive Classroom and Zones of Regulation, which are student-centered approaches that support creating an engaging, inclusive environment that improves specific goals. Having this strong foundation not only supports social, emotional, and academic success but will serve students beyond their early years, helping them grow as strong, independent thinkers, people of sound character, and active stewards of the world.
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Discover more about how St. John's Fosters the Spark in Every ChildAttend an Open House or schedule a tour!
Questions? Please contact our Admissions Office:

Beth Wilson, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid or 410-465-7644


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