The program encompasses health and sexuality education as well as life skills. Physical, social, emotional, and mental dimensions are explored and personalized. Classes encourage exploration of attitudes, beliefs, and values while providing knowledge of basic concepts and contemporary issues in the field. Both courses are skills-based, reinforcing the skills necessary to improve or maintain optimal health and well-being. These skills include goal setting, establishing boundaries, analyzing internal and external influences, media and health literacy, interpersonal communication, and decision-making. Primary prevention efforts are made to promote health-enhancing behaviors and risk reduction.
Both the tenth and twelfth grade courses are co-educational and discussion-based. The curriculum suggests that health and sexuality education is a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming values about one’s identity, relationships, and intimacy. The curriculum recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children. The program supports the mission of the school and the work of parents by providing students with structured opportunities to learn how to attain and maintain optimal wellness.
Topics in this course include self-esteem, body image, self-efficacy, gender, building healthy relationships (with family, friends, and partners), alcohol, tobacco, drugs, nutrition and fitness education, cancer awareness and early detection, stress reduction, mental health and disordered eating, and prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Students are challenged to think critically about the steps they can take to improve their quality and years of healthy, happy lives as well as the role each student plays in creating a safe and supportive school environment.
Key content areas of this course include building healthy relationships, establishing and maintaining sexual boundaries, consequences and outcomes of sexual activity, contraception, affirmative consent, substance abuse, pregnancy and childbirth, pregnancy skills, chronic and communicable diseases, holistic health, and gender inequality and feminism. Current Events in Health & Sexuality provides a forum for students to explore their attitudes around and understanding of health-related events. This course includes a cross-cultural perspective so that students can gain an understanding of Eastern and alternative medicine as well as global health disparities. Students personalize class content to be able to safely and healthily navigate the transition between adolescence and young adulthood.