Social & Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has been integrated into the DNA of quality independent schools for decades.  Fundamentally, SEL begins with the authentic relationships built between teachers and students, as well as the bonds developed among both same-aged and multi-aged peers.  Once this baseline is established, students are able to reflect meaningfully; to learn to respond, rather than react, to conflicts; to listen to peers with compassion; to manage emotions and materials; to embrace a variety of perspectives, and to thrive in the learning community.

At THS, SEL begins with relationships and builds from there.  When children feel comfortable and have a strong sense of belonging, they are willing to take risks, develop deep connections, look inside and reflect on actions, support one another, and work together to cultivate community.  We believe that SEL is most effective when embedded in the daily life of the school through curriculum design, classroom practices, spontaneous interactions at recess, and modeled by all adults on campus.


All students benefit from becoming more mindful of themselves, their surroundings, and the world by developing a reflective practice to understand the impact of their thoughts, actions, and words. At THS, students participate in reflective practice in many ways.  It may be opening the day with a mindful moment of silence to just be with one’s thoughts, or to focus on an intention for the day. It may be reflecting on an idea or topic just learned, or it may be thinking about who they are within the community.  We live in a fast-paced world in which children are bombarded with stimulation; mindfulness allows all to take a breath and be in the present.


Middle School students participate in faculty-led, grade-level advisories that meet twice per week. THS Advisory Program provides Middle School students with an understanding of self in a time of change, as well as fosters the parent/school connection.  Faculty advisors support students by nurturing academic independence and collaborative skills; positive relationships with peers and adults; and a sense of responsibility to the school community and beyond. Students and advisors engage in developing a culture of compassion in which each child can reach his/her potential in a safe environment.