Gender and Sexuality Education

The School seeks to foster a learning environment where students feel free to ask questions about human sexuality, and faculty are knowledgeable and able to provide respectful, developmentally and age-appropriate answers. Our Gender and Sexuality Education (GSE) team includes faculty, professors and families who work in the field of public health. Families and schools share responsibility and have complementary roles in teaching children about sexuality. The School holds annual parent information sessions to review what and how sexuality is taught.

In Grades 5-8, GSE integrates Our Whole Lives (OWL), a nationally recognized curriculum recommended by sexuality education leaders, including Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. OWL is an age-appropriate curriculum that can be integrated into all grades, covering six main subjects: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. In Grades K-4, these lessons are integrated into the Science, Social and Emotional Learning, Social Studies, and Wellness curricula.

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