“Community Circles are a part of the Restorative Justice we try to use here at the Lowerlower school director School. The goal is to create a space in which students feel safe to communicate their feelings lower schoolthrough community and relationship building. I ask the students three questions and we all take turns answering the questions and telling stories to relate to one another. We then can take these personal questions and look at how they apply to our SCI Principals- zooming out to look at our consciousness and the collective.”

Kaylee Harris (she/her)

Director of Lower School

Also part of the CCLS program is the Rights, Respect and Responsibility (3 R’s) curriculum. The RRR curriculum is a sexual education course where the students are given knowledge about their bodies, tools to deal effectively with life situations and taught to respect their rights and the rights of others. This course is also vertically aligned among classes.lower school

The Life Skills portion of the CCLS curriculum is also taught using Positive Discipline in the 1-2 classrooms and Restorative Justice in 3rd through 5th. By using Positive Discipline and Restorative Justice as part of our classroom management program, the students learn self-discipline, responsibility for their words and actions, empathy and strength in healing.


Studying the 16 Principles of Creative Intelligence in grades 1 through 3, and the Fundamentals of Growth in grades 4 and 5 provides a new way for students to see all the parts of learning contained within the bigger picture.

In today’s global world, these timeless and universal principles inspire deep thinking and creative problem-solving. The ability to take what seems to be an insurmountable task, and break it into manageable pieces, is a skill all successful students possess.

By embedding these principles and fundamentals throughout the curriculum, students learn to think empathetically as well as critically, open their awareness to many perspectives, and persevere in resolving problems while embracing unsuccessful attempts as an opportunity for growth and learning. This unique approach to learning helps students see themselves in what they are learning, helps them to feel the connection with themselves to the natural world, and empowers even the youngest student to think big, and feel they are part of a global society.

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