SCH Academy is excited to announce the launch of its new McCausland Center for Student Social Emotional Learning. As part of SCH’s strong commitment to mental health and wellness, the new Lower School SEL Center will offer students individual (short-term), group, and classroom counselor support, along with ongoing programmatic support for teachers and parents.
“We are extraordinarily grateful to the McCausland Foundation for the gift to establish this important new center that aligns with our mission to provide a unique educational environment for every one of our students,” said Head of School Delvin Dinkins. “Our goal is to build a transformative student-centered program where students are taught the skills they need to understand and manage their emotions, build positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
Research shows that social-emotional well-being in elementary-aged children is of paramount importance as it forms the foundation for students' overall development and future academic and social success. During these formative years, children learn crucial skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and effective communication. A strong social-emotional foundation enhances their ability to build positive relationships, handle stress, and navigate challenges. It also significantly impacts their academic performance, classroom behavior, and overall mental health. In a busy, digital, post-pandemic world, SEL resources are an especially important need in the Lower School.
The McCausland Foundation’s gift will provide the school with the resources necessary to help students navigate the challenges of childhood and develop the skills needed for emotional health and success. The SEL Center is in the planning stages and will be developed through thoughtful collaboration among the Lower School administration team with the goal of opening in fall 2024.