Grades PreK through four engage in a year-long program highlighting topics such as nutrition, safety, and self-awareness in an age appropriate manner through interactive lessons, group discussion, and dynamic speakers. In the Lower School, students begin the journey of self empowerment and good decision making through example.
Using a multidisciplinary method, Grades five through eight learn about the five "S" topics: Stress and Sleep, Self Care, Substance use and abuse, Social Media and Human Sexuality. Small classes that meet once every cycle are in seminar format and encourage students to discuss relevant topics in a safe and supportive environment. Additionally, assembly speakers from the PDS community and beyond enhance the classroom curriculum, and opportunities exist those students who would like to try yoga, meditation and mindfulness through the DaVinci Electives offerings, our signature Middle School experiential learning block.
In tenth grade health class (a graduation requirement for each student), we again delve deeply and examine current topics in health and wellness, focusing on awareness of how this information shapes the decisions we make in our own lives. Health educators utilize several forms of learning, group discussions, and longitudinal projects, as well as external resources to continue the journey in wellness practices.