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 scholars 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 our scholars and families, doing and offering more than the average public school. Recognizing that our young people 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 educators, NHCS employs a team of professionals — speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, Family Engagement team and ELL teachers — to support our scholars and their families.