At Saint Stephen’s, we are aware that it is important for students to grow socially and emotionally, in addition to growing academically. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to know one’s own emotions, manage one’s emotions, understand the emotions of others and manage relationships with others (Salovey & Mayer, 1990; Goleman, 1995). Our Head of School, who received her doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, researched emotional intelligence for her disserta tion and has brought that research back to Saint Stephen's to create this initiative.
Our small classroom environment and warm community provide fertile ground for the curricular inclusion of emotional intelligence. Saint Stephen’s students know that they are safe to express themselves and know the importance of listening to and understanding others.
As an Episcopal School welcoming all faiths, we are in a unique position to discuss morals, values, and spirituality both in and outside of the chapel experience.
Our students benefit from our advisory programs, our emphasis on community service, and our Honor Code as vehicles for the development of empathy, and the ability to perceive, use, understand, and manage emotions.
Saint Stephen’s parents benefit from an informative and supportive Parents’ Association, and from periodic programming for parents emphasizing a wide-range of topics related to student development.
By helping students to grow emotionally, we are encouraging them to manage their own feelings and helping them navigate the feelings of others. With all of the concerns today in schools about bullying behaviors, the administration and faculty at Saint Stephen’s address these issues by teaching students to both understand the importance of empathy and know there are consequences for negative behavior towards others.