We believe a balanced emphasis on rigorous academics, environmental stewardship, creative arts and service to community creates a vibrant learning environment and prepares our youth for engaging as passionate and respectful participants in our ever-changing global community.

While we acknowledge the inherent value of mastering reading and math skills, we believe these skills are enhanced by immersing students in complex, engaging literature and encouraging them to take on culturally relevant, community-based projects where they can put these skills to work.

SEL students will be inspired for life long learning. Project-based learning, intimate class-sizes and service to the community, supported by an inspiring staff, technology and the excellent resources available locally enables our students to become independent thinkers and innovators. Creativity is embedded in our academic disciplines, helping students to think for themselves and develop a social consciousness and worldview that will provide the foundation for life-long moral and intellectual growth. Furthermore, by having sustainability infused into their education, SEL students understand the interconnectedness of systems (environmental, social, and economic). This vibrant combination of factors will prepare them to stand out as adults, no matter what their area of professional or personal focus.


“We must make sure that our schools have a strong, coherent, explicit curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, with plenty of opportunity for children to engage in activities and projects that make learning lively. We must be sure they are prepared for the responsibilities of democratic citizenship in a complex society.” 1

>1.  Diane Ravitch, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (New York: Basic Books, 2010)

Interested in The SEL model for your own school or district? We would love to answer your questions!

Email us at marinsel@thesel.org.