At Stevens, we are highly conscious of the way we treat one another and work every day to build a school community based on cooperation, mutual respect and kindness. Here, every student is known and valued, and participation is the norm. Students have a direct role and shared responsibility for the wellbeing of the learning community through mentorships, reading buddies and other activities that pair younger students in the school with a student in an older grade. This creates a culture that fosters thoughtful, engaged citizens who go on to make a difference in their high schools and communities.
Specific programs that develop emotional intelligence and social aptitude are also integrated into the curriculum, helping students establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and develop their ability to handle challenging situations constructively.
Lower School: “Friends and Feelings” and Community Building
In the lower school, character education and social-emotional curriculum are designed to build students’ interpersonal skills by focusing on self-regulation, empathy, managing emotions, thinking about actions and finding solutions to challenging situations.
Intermediate School: School Jobs/Community Service
In the 3rd/4th grade, students take on greater responsibilities for the wider school community. They are reading buddies to PreK and Kindergarten classes and perform jobs outside of their own classroom. Community building in the 3rd/4th grade focuses on similarities and differences, exclusion and inclusion, bullying and standing up for yourself.
Middle School: Community Service and CAP
In the Middle School, students assume greater responsibilities. They are reading buddies for younger students and take on other jobs such as keeping daily attendance for a Lower School class. 6th-8th graders may also participate in the Student Mentors program as well as volunteer, prepare and serve food at the Hoboken homeless shelter.
The Classroom Advisory Program (CAP) is composed of specifically designed lessons on topics such as ethical choices and dilemmas, maintaining convictions in the face of peer pressure, making informed choices and resolving conflict. In 8th grade, community service is integrated into the Cultural Exchange Program. On recent exchange trips, Stevens students and Kipling student from Mexico City prepared and served meals at the homeless shelter in Hoboken. In Mexico City, the two groups participate in a community service project by raising money and bringing school and hygiene supplies to “Internado Guadalupano”, a girl’s homeless shelter.
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