North Shore utilizes the Walking With God and His People Bible curriculum. This is a powerful curriculum that helps students know God’s Word, believe His promises, and live in faith and obedience. It provides a structured Biblical base while ensuring a balanced approach to learning. Solid in theology and Bible instruction, the Walking With God curriculum goal is to equip students with the knowledge they need to understand and believe God’s Word and to reflect that relationship and faith by living lives of gratitude and obedience. Students also participate in a weekly chapel program.
In both the elementary and the middle school, we strive to extend the educational experience beyond the classroom. Examples of some of our course-enhancing destinations have included the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Plimoth Plantation, Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, the Children’s Opera Company, the Blue Hills Weather Observatory, Boston Museum of Science, the North Shore Music Theater, and the Peabody Essex Museum.
Social Emotional Learning
Social Emotional Development in the Early Childhood and Elementary Grades
Embedded in classroom lessons and activities to positively foster the culture of the classroom environment, our teachers employ many of the Responsive Classroom practices. In addition to focusing on spiritual formation and academic mastery, we believe it is essential to nurture and foster social competencies in our students. This is accomplished by building class community during Morning Meeting, Closing Circle, explicitly teaching the children to be listeners, supporting critical thinking skills by developing an understanding of asking thoughtful questions, developing conflict resolution strategies, and developing self-discipline awareness. These competencies are fostered through intentional discussions between students and faculty, interactive and meaningful games, and purposeful lessons, all with the goal of supporting and nurturing our students’ social emotional well-being.
To learn more about Responsive Classroom: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/
SAFE Groups in Grades 5-8
Building on the foundation of building social emotional competencies integral to classroom instruction and social emotional development in early childhood and elementary classrooms at NSCS, we also offer SAFE groups for students in grades 5-8. SAFE groups continue to foster and develop these same competencies in our students by intentinally providing and educationally safe environment for our students to engage with faculty as they intentionally foster the continued growth of pro-social emotional development in the middle school years.
What is SAFE Group? SAFE stands for Students and Faculty Engaging. At least twice a week our Middle School faculty and their students “hop off” the academic track. Gathering in small breakaway groups, our faculty provides a safe space and critical time to engage students around social and emotional issues. Research supports the fact that students must have SEL (Social Emotional Learning) opportunities that are authentic and leave room for students to ask questions and wrestle with important, and often difficult, ideas, concepts, and experiences in a safe space. Especially now, during a pandemic and post-pandemic, students will need time to process and purposefully engage in community building efforts that support emotional well-being.
SAFE groups also provide a forum for our students to apply skills and competencies learned in real life situations, whether in serving others, engaging and understanding reciprocal dialogue or developing leadership skills – all in an effort to build confidence, self-awareness, relationship building, self-management, or responsible decision making.