Nurturing the 健康与福利 of Our Community

Relationships are at the core of Nightingale’s 健康与福利 program. A skills-based curriculum around social and emotional well-being incorporates students’ lives both inside and outside the schoolhouse. Each grade has its own health class. 从幼儿园, when students discuss trusted adults in the Schoolhouse, 到中学, where students navigate identity in early adolescence, all the way through authentic discussions on real-life health scenarios for teens in the 上学校, skill development focuses is on four main areas: decision-making, 沟通, 价值澄清, 媒介素养.



在低年级, the focus is on mind and body and laying the foundation for a discussion on health and wellness throughout their Nightingale years.

Students learn the basics of mindfulness, good hygiene, and 营养. They role-play to practice identifying and sharing feelings, 建立健康的界限, and seeking help from trusted adults. Students talk about healthy friendships, 探索对决策的影响, 讨论健康的自尊. 整个低年级, human 性 is taught in a developmentally appropriate way, and the changes of puberty are part of the Class IV health curriculum.


Creating Healthy Relationships at a Critical Time

中学 students practice good decision-making skills as they navigate the transition into adolescence learn to establish healthy 沟通 in their relationships.

Students take a personal safety course to help them reinforce healthy boundaries. Health class in 中学 provides space for students to explore identity and establish personal values. 在安全的环境下, students practice decision-making around social media use, 睡眠卫生, 物质使用, and 性 as well as around friendships and partner relationships.


Taking Control of Their Physical, Emotional, and Social Selves

在高中, there is a health and wellness committee on the student council and a 健康 Day where students opt into workshops like mindfulness or yoga, and take part in interactive sessions on adolescent health issues including sleep, 性, 心理健康, 消费者健康. 在健康课上, students discuss adolescent health including gender and 性, 营养, 心理健康, 睡眠卫生, and harm reduction around 物质使用. Personal safety classes are continued, and consent in relationships and an examination of intimate partner violence are discussed. Students gain ownership of their own health, 生理和心理, allowing them to take control of their own well-being as they leave Nightingale.


Toward a Deeper Understanding of Student Mental Health

Nightingale partnered with the Child Mind Institute (CMI) to proactively increase our community’s awareness of 心理健康 issues and support the overall well-being of our students. CMI对教职员工进行培训, 还有父母, about 心理健康 concerns and best practices for caretakers in a series of seven presentations over the 2019-20 academic year. 在年底, a common language around 心理健康 was established, including identifying certain behaviors associated with 心理健康 concerns and providing strategies for seeking treatment if needed.



Nightingale’s goal for its health and wellness program, which begins in Kindergarten and continues with required courses through senior year, is to empower our students with health knowledge and skills giving them the ability to confidently manage their well-being throughout their development. 其核心是, the program emphasizes relationships—with self, 家长及监护人, 与朋友, 老师, and partners—and helps students make healthy decisions around those significant relationships throughout their lives.