Upper School Counseling
"The Real World" Curriculum
The Real World is a required course for all freshmen. Each class section meets once per week during the fall and spring semesters to discuss issues of interest and importance to adolescents.
- Students will have an environment that allows for fostering connections, mutual support, collaboration, and self-reflection.
- Students will be able to anticipate and to protect themselves against threats to their well- being that commonly arise during adolescence.
- Students will be able to develop and enhance adaptive coping skills to be utilized to address stress.
- Students will be able to identify and to access multiple sources of reliable information and assistance for a wide variety of challenges.
- Students will explore identity and engage in thoughtful discussions around their values and belief systems.
- Students will be encouraged to develop empathy and deep listening skills as they participate in discussions that reflect challenging themes.
- Intro/Building Trust, Rapport and Creating a Safe Discussion Space
- Learning Styles and Personality Inventory
- Decision Making, Organization and Time Management
- Body Image and Standards of Beauty
- Power and Privilege: Race, Class, Socio-Economic Status.....
- Gender Equity
- Mental Illness
- Alcohol/Binge Drinking/Drugs/Addictions
- Sexual Health
- Suicide and Self-Harm
- Sleep/Mindfulness/Coping Skills