Why Focus on Social/Emotional Health?
Research indicates that social/emotional health is the best predictor of a child’s future achievement; better than any other single factor—including IQ and technical skills combined. It has been proven over and over that social/emotional factors are a significant impact on academic performance. Many Neighborhood House students are regularly exposed to trauma, impacting their social emotional health: community violence, domestic violence, mental illness, homelessness, hunger.
NHCS has always been ahead of the curve in providing social/emotional support to its students and families, doing and offering more than the average public school. Recognizing that our children face obstacles that are rarely seen in more affluent communities and knowing that these hurdles can severely undermine their efforts in the classroom, NHCS prides itself on the strong team of social and human services it has built over the years.
In addition to its dedicated staff of forty-two teachers, NHCS employs a team of professionals—a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, social workers, psychologist, nurse, family outreach coordinator and ESL teacher—to support our students and their families.
Through an innovative and unique partnership with PEAR (the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency), NHCS is working to tailor our curriculum to provide the right kinds of support to our students and help improve their social/emotional skills. Together, NHCS and PEAR are building a groundbreaking model that involves both classroom teachers and students themselves in the assessment of social/emotional needs and resiliencies—and trains teachers to create environments for social/emotional learning that are incorporated into the classroom.