Students learn to respect and practice truth and to know the various ways it can be found — through scientific investigation, creative expression, conversation, worship, service within the school community, and beyond. They are encouraged by word and example to respect the talents and perspectives of others, and include them in a cooperative, rather than competitive search for knowledge. * The "Social Curriculum" helps us provide a safe, enriching school environment for every child. In Teaching Children to Care, Ruth Charney states, "To feel safe, children must feel seen." ** At NGFS, students experience the security of being seen and known. Mutual trust is born from this security. When our students feel seen, they are released to focus on their work. We take a proactive, explicit approach to teaching expected behaviors in the classroom. Through modeling, role-playing, and discussion, we explore appropriate attitudes and responses. Time is devoted to these fundamental skills, believing that they lay the foundation to encourage learning. In developmentally appropriate ways students are given opportunities to build the interpersonal skills necessary for the peaceful resolution of conflict.
*"What does a Friends School Have to Offer?" Friends Council on Education
**Charney, Ruth. Teaching Children to Care. Northeast Foundation for Children, 1992. Print.