A successful school must provide a safe and supportive learning environment in which children and adults respect each other’s differences and celebrate the opportunity to learn from one another.
The vision of Washington Heights Academy emphasizes the development of children's social, emotional and ethical competencies as significant contributors to academic success. Specific supports include:
- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a system designed to improve student behavior and create a positive school climate and culture.
- Harmony SEL and Responsive Classroom, research-based approaches that provide essential support for WHA’s emphasis on social-emotional learning (SEL) in Kindergarten to Grade 6.
- Middle School Advisory, a special program for Grades 6 to 8 that provides students with a safe space to address academic, social, emotional and ethical concerns.
Families with questions or concerns about social-emotional development should not hesitate to contact their child's teacher or another member of school staff.