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Lower School Academic Departments

Health and Sexuality

The Health and Human Growth and Development courses introduce students to character development, basic interpersonal skills, personal safety, health, and human development. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of children as they become aware of their role in their families, peer groups, and community. In coeducational classes, students examine the roles personal values and character play in relationships and healthy decision-making. Students learn communication and problem-solving skills which equip them with strategies to resolve problems with peers and family members. Students explore the value of diversity, the impact of media messages, peer pressure, and choices to promote health and personal safety. In single-gender classes, students examine same-gender peer relations, gender stereotypes, and additional strategies to promote health and personal safety. In fifth grade, students are introduced to the physical and emotional changes of puberty. The curriculum encourages parent/child communication and recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children with regard to character development, interpersonal skills, and understanding human growth and development.
  • Introduction to Health and Human Relations 3

    The Introduction to Health and Human Relations course consists of three coed classes in the Fall and four single gender classes in the Spring. This course introduces students to character development, basic interpersonal skills, value of diversity, personal safety, and good health practices. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of children as they become aware of their role in their families, peer groups, and community. In coeducational classes, students examine the role personal character plays in relationships and healthy decision making. Students learn communication and problem-solving skills which equip them with to resolve problems with peers and family members. In single-gender classes, students explore the concepts of friendship and healthy relationships. Students examine gender stereotypes, same peer relations, and identify general health and personal safety practices.
    Introduction to Health & Human Relations
    • 4 Single-gender and 3 coed classes
    • Values, character, and self-esteem
    • Communication and conflict resolution skills
    • Decision-making and confronting peer pressure
    * Understanding gender expression and stereotypes
    • Being a friend, maintaining healthy relationships
    • General health and personal safety
  • Introduction to Personal Health and Human Development 5

    The Introduction to Personal Health & Human Development course consists of three coed courses taught in the Fall and four single-gender classes taught in the Spring. The course explores character development, basic interpersonal skills, personal safety, good health practices, and human sexual development. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of children as they become aware of their role in their families, peer groups, and community. In coeducational classes, students practice communication and conflict prevention and resolution skills which equip them to resolve problems with peers and family members. Students explore the value of diversity and the impact of media messages on gender identity and peer relations. Students work on values clarification and communication skills needed to deal with peer pressure and making healthy choices in terms of wellness, relationships, substance abuse, and personal safety. In single-gender classes, students examine same gender peer relations, gender stereotypes, health and personal safety, and the physical and emotional changes of puberty. The curriculum encourages parent/child communication and recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children with regard to human growth and sexual development.

Department Faculty

Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304