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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.

Educational Objectives

  1. Students will have an environment that allows for fostering connections, mutual support, collaboration, and self-reflection.
  2. Students will be able to anticipate and to protect themselves against threats to their well- being that commonly arise during adolescence.
  3. Students will be able to develop and enhance adaptive coping skills to be utilized to address stress. 
  4. Students will be able to identify and to access multiple sources of reliable information and assistance for a wide variety of challenges.
  5. Students will explore identity and engage in thoughtful discussions around their values and belief systems.
  6. Students will be encouraged to develop empathy and deep listening skills as they participate in discussions that reflect challenging themes.

 2015/2016 Topics

  • 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


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