Second Step (SEL)
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a necessary component of helping young students thrive in the classroom and in life. Starting in our preschool program, students at Zion Lutheran School are taught Second Step, an evidence-based curriculum and resource, that gives young people the power to grow with skills meant for lasting success.
In early childhood, our littlest learners are taught to harness their energy and potential by listening, paying attention, managing behavior and getting along with others.
As students progress into elementary school, our teachers continue to build upon the second step skills in an age-appropriate way, with focus on self confidence, problem solving and empathy.
By the time our students reach middle school and junior high, the content transitions to focus on building deeper relationships, emotion management, mindset/goal setting and managing social conflict.
In addition to the academic outcomes expected of a ZLS education, our goal as a school is to prepare students to succeed beyond the classroom – students who will be kind and caring Christian people, responsible workers, and citizens who make a positive difference in the world.
We strive to help students develop critical minds and a life-long love of learning that guides choices and can transform lives.
Our focus on individual students strengths ignites curiosity, creativity, grit and resilience in our students.
We are committed to each and every child growing their faith and love of God, and our students emerge ready to serve and succeed with Christ as their compass.