Academics
Upper School | Gr. 9-12

Upper School Health and Wellness

Fundamental to Success

Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked to our students' success in school and in life. Our mission to "know and value" every student includes helping them establish positive self-images, create meaningful and mutual relationships with others, and develop active and healthy lifestyles for long-term health. Our expert counselors, coaches, administrators and teachers all work together to help every student navigate the demands of high school and the process of becoming confident, well-rounded adults.
One of my favorite aspects of this program is that we get to know every ninth grader in a non-problem based environment. So when there is a problem, they know who to turn to and feel comfortable doing so. Relationship building is a critical piece of this work. 

— Upper School Counselor Ms. Sam Straub

Our Program

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.


Purposeful Progression

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
  • Fitness and Wellness for All
  • Sex Education 
  • Adolescent Injury Prevention
  • Adolescent Nutrition
  • First Responder Training
  • Stress and Time Management
  • Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media
  • Introduction to the Upper School Seminars Program (part of our leadership training program

Overall Goals

Information. We provide our students with accurate information on a spectrum of topics such as human growth and development, social norms, common high school stressors, human sexuality, body image, drug and alcohol use and associated risks, nutrition, social media, physical fitness, and response to injuries and emergencies.

Attitudes, Values, and Insights. We encourage our students to question, explore, and assess their own and their community's attitudes 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 teach our students how to maintain a fit and healthy body as part of a long-term healthy lifestyle.

Meet Our Health and Wellness Faculty

List of 4 members.

  • Mrs. Samantha Straub 

    Upper School Counselor; US Advisory Coordinator; US Health & Wellness; Advisor, US Umbrella Club
    410.647.7701 x2242
    Villanova University - MS
    Swarthmore College - BA
  • Ms. Michelle Anderson 

    Licensed Athletic Trainer; MS PE; US Health & Wellness; ARC Instructor
    410.647.7701 x2290
    Frostburg State University - B.S.
    California University of Pennsylvania - M.S.
  • Mrs. Erin De Falco 

    Asst Athletic Dir.; Director, MS PE; US Health & Wellness; Head Coach, Varsity Girls Lacrosse
    410.647.7701 ext. 2288
    Georgetown University - M.P.S.
    Salisbury University - B.A.
  • Mr. Daniel Mahoney 

    Licensed Athletic Trainer; Middle School PE; US Health and Wellness; MS & US Archery
    410.647.7701 x2341
    Frostburg State - B.S.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146