Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which students acquire, practice and integrate the skills of emotional intelligence. As a result, they become more aware of themselves and others, intentional in their decision-making, and purposeful in their interactions with others and the world.
With SEL as a central pillar, Synapse develops change makers through fostering a thriving community of social and emotional learners. Through specific SEL instruction, integrated curriculum, and parent education, every member of the community (students, teachers, and parents) is engaged in continual practice to co-regulate and co-create a positive learning environment.
The SEL School
Step into a Synapse classroom and feel the energy and joy associated with learning, where leading-edge academics and innovation fuse with social-emotional learning.
It starts with our teachers who are trained to teach SEL skills and embody these principles and practices. They connect with each student with a deep interest in knowing what makes each student unique. They meet students where they are, drawing upon their strengths to build their areas of development. Students feel a sense of belonging and, as a result, develop a positive and prosocial attitude towards learning.
SEL Specific Instruction
We have a team of SEL specialists whose primary focus is to teach these skills from Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade. The SEL curriculum follows a scope and sequence which scaffolds the EQ competencies according to developmentally appropriate milestones. Our SEL team consults with teachers on implementing SEL tools and practices to develop habits that empower students to be curious, creative, and courageous learners.