Our 9th-Grade Health and Wellness program is designed to provide our students with skills, content, and attitudes to make informed decisions about their behaviors and feel confident about their choices. We encourage them to think critically about common issues related to adolescent physical and emotional health and teach them the strategies they need to take ownership of their own long-term health and well-being. Our students learn to view physical, social and emotional wellness as an ongoing part of their development.
Our Health and Wellness curriculum follows an intentional path from the beginning to the end of every student's ninth-grade year. We teach this curriculum as a team so that each class is taught by the faculty with the most expertise in that particular area. The order of the classes is important too — we work to make sure our students get exactly what they need, exactly when they need it throughout the year.
- Study Skills
- Multicultural Identifiers
- Fitness and Wellness for All
- Sex Education
- Adolescent Injury Prevention
- Adolescent Nutrition
- First Responder Training
- Mental Health Awareness
- Stress and Time Management
- Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media
- Human Sexuality Education
- Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education (through Freedom From Chemical Dependency)
- Introduction to the Upper School Seminars Program (part of our leadership training program)
We provide our students with accurate information on a spectrum of topics, including human growth and development, social norms, common high school stressors, human sexuality, body image, drug and alcohol use prevention, nutrition, social media, physical fitness, and response to injuries and emergencies, leadership training, and important building blocks for diversity, equity, and inclusion work.Attitudes, Values, and Insights.
We encourage our students to question, explore, and assess their own and their community's attitudes and values towards topics addressed in class. Relationships and Interpersonal Skills.
We help our students develop assertiveness, decision-making skills, and peer-refusal skills to navigate and enhance relationships with others, both in-person and virtual. Fitness and Safety.
We provide information necessary for students to make the types of long- and short-term decisions that lead to a healthy lifestyle. And we teach our students how to maintain a fit and healthy body as part of that long-term healthy lifestyle.