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Social-Emotional Learning: Home

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

Social & Emotional Learning is practiced through all forms of learning at WAB, including: 

  • Academic classes, including the development of subject-related Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills. 
  • Experiential Learning, such as WAB Wild & China Studies engagements, WABX & Activities. 
  • Global Citizenship & Community Engagement through service learning, projects, units of inquiry and events. 
  • Personalised Learning Experiences, such as PYP Exhibition, MYP Personal Project & The IB Diploma. 

WAB's Holistic approach to education is designed to ensure that all learners are academically challenged and supported, developing as whole people whilst experiencing joyful, purposeful and transformative learning, leading to personal success and wellbeing. 


Social-Emotional Learning is taught through a school-wide, structured programme of instruction:

Elementary School

SEL in WAB ES is delivered through 30 minutes sessions during morning mentor meetings as well as 20minutes of "zen time" sessions after lunch. Our SEL curriculum is delivered by homeroom teachers and counselors, following the CASEL framework. 

Middle School

SEL in WAB MS is delivered through 40-minute sessions during Flex Block. WAB's MS SEL curriculum is delivered by mentor teachers and counselors, following the CASEL framework. 

High School

SEL in WAB HS is delivered through a combination of grade-level assemblies, led by counselors, specialists and teacher panels, as well as during Flex block, led by mentor teachers. WAB's HS SEL curriculum follows the CASEL framework.