We are very deliberate in creating a school enviroment where students feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe every day. We are so focused on this, that we begin every single morning with an environment that we call Life-Coaching. Life-Coaching occurs first thing in the morning for our entire student body for 20-30 minutes depending on the age and grade-level of our students, and topics discussed. During this time, we divide our entire student body into groups to talk about LIFE. Nothing interrupts Life-Coaching. That’s how significant we deem this time for the health and well-being of our school and children, and this is why Path 5 of The Academy Way is Socially-Emotional Learning Environment.
Age and grade-level dependent, during Life-Coaching we focus on the following 5 areas:
- 1. Current Events
- 2. Self-Awareness and Self-Improvement
- 3. Serving Others
- 4. Manners
- 5. Relationships
It is our goal that each student builds a lasting and meaningful relationship with an adult in the school who they can turn to in a time of need or crisis. Special bonds created between students is another awesome outcome of our Life-Coaching environment. These relationships are strengthed during this Life-Coaching time together and through discussion around these topics.
As students get older, gender specific and smaller-sized groups are created. When possible, an adult of the same gender as the students is assigned to each Life-Coaching group. Please know that any information a student shares during Life-Coaching which may jeopardize their emotional or physical safety is immediately shared with parents.