Creating a Caring Community

Stamford's program for social-emotional learning (SEL) uses the award-winning Second Step methodology which promotes skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and conflict management.

For over 25 years, structured, holistic learning programs have improved pro-social skills and behavior by 50% leading to a 10% gain in academic achievement. At Stamford, Second Step promotes skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and conflict management. Pro-actively combating bullying, Second Step works to improve behavior, positivity and academic performance. The social curriculum teaches these critical life skills weekly to all students from Pre-Primary (Kindergarten) through Grade 8.

An advisory program also supports our Secondary students’ academic progress and college and career readiness by increasing students metacognitive abilities. Students develop key skills and habits for learning as they understand their strengths and areas for improvement in support of academic achievement. Students meet regularly with their Advisor to reflect on their individualized academic and social-emotional development towards their goals and developing the skills essential for postsecondary success as they manage their own time for academic and personal development.

About Committee for Children

Second Step is a program developed by the Committee for Children, a non-profit organization helping students in over 70 countries. Founded in 1978, Committee for Children is a global non-profit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. CFC is the world’s largest provider of research-based educational programs that promote social-emotional skills and prevent bullying and sexual abuse. Today the organization’s curricula reach schools in over 70 countries, including 30 percent of all U.S. elementary schools. Each year, more than 10.6 million children benefit from these programs.