Social-Emotional Learning Program

Philosophy Browning’s program in Social-Emotional Learning provides a structure around which boys from Kindergarten through Form VI develop deeper awareness of themselves and their relationships with others. Aligned with the school mission, the goals for Social-Emotional Learning embrace the growth in each boy of resilience, perseverance, understanding of himself, empathy for others, informed decision-making, healthy relationships, and social engagement. A multifaceted approach weaves together the focused efforts of homeroom teachers, advisors, counselors, health educators, ethical technology educators, and peer guidance.

In the Upper School, our SEL work is led by our school counselor and incorporates a number of facilitators, both internal and external, who provide our students with opportunities to explore their lives as maturing adolescents in the independent school world. The Advisory system connects each student to a faculty member who leads a group of six to eight students as their advocate and adult resource during their five years from Form II to Form VI. Our Peer Leadership group is a team of Form VI students who meet regularly with Form III students to discuss and advise the younger boys about the academic and social challenges of life as an Upper School student in the independent school world in New York City. Form IV students participate in the annual Frost Valley trip which brings together the sophomores from our peer single-sex schools – Brearley, Chapin, Collegiate, Nightingale-Bamford and Spence – for a retreat at the Frost Valley YMCA camp facility in the Catskills. During their three days in Frost Valley, students, led by peer leaders, attending faculty from all of the peer schools and outside facilitators, have the opportunity to talk about issues important to their social and academic lives. Organizations outside of Browning, such as Hallways and the Mount Sinai SAVI program, contribute their expertise to our SEL programming by meeting with the students of the Upper School to address issues such as sexuality, substance abuse and gender identity.