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The Gordon School

Social and emotional well-being

Children learn best when they know how to manage their feelings and personal relationships. Gordon addresses this reality head-on with a social curriculum that begins on day one of a Nursery student’s Gordon journey, a physical education program that prioritizes smart responses to emotional situations, and health classes that begin in third grade. 

Social and emotional strategies, like any skill, take practice. Gordon students do this work in the classroom, using curricula like Open Circle and strategies like restorative justice that ask students to know themselves well and to consider the perspectives and experiences of others. The result of which is students who are empowered to advocate for themselves, to have open and honest discussions, and to make choices that are right for them.