students spend their year in Health class focusing on: building a safe,
trusting community of peers; exploring healthy nutrition and fitness options;
navigating the internet in a safe way; and understanding the basics of human
development and puberty.
students continue their exploration of puberty and adolescent development, with
a particular emphasis on the development of social-emotional skills and healthy
decision-making—both in real life and on-line. The girls participate in group
projects, special class discussions in Council, and dialogues with adults in
their families and communities.
III students prepare for middle school social life in Health Class, exploring
healthy communication practices; moral and ethical peer interactions; and ways
to prevent and stand up to exclusion and unkindness. Through safe discussions,
group projects, and the use of current media and technology, the girls learn to
participate in the world in a strong and responsible way.
Health allows students to delve more deeply into questions about their own
development and life course, as well as develop important skills for taking
care of themselves and advocating for their peers. Special emphasis is paid to
media literacy and social networking; health and hygiene for teens; managing
stress; and transitioning to Upper School.