Social and emotional learning, student leadership, and social change are at the heart of Prospect Sierra School. The steps of listening and observing empathetically, defining a problem, coming up with ideas for solutions, building those solutions, and testing those solutions are engrained through the curriculum, kindergarten through 8th grade. For example, students learn how to listen to and understand the perspectives of other students through storytelling projects like “This P.S. Life” and their World War II interview project. They also define and understand problems through each grade’s service-learning projects and design their own solutions that can be funded by the student council. Students have continued some of these projects beyond their graduation from Prospect Sierra or have taken what they learned at Prospect Sierra to create a social venture later in their lives.
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