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Learning at Brandeis

Health & Wellness

At The Brandeis School of San Francisco, we “make it matter” by providing students with information, support, and skills to care for their bodies, minds, and spirits today and always.

Social-emotional Learning

Seamlessly and throughout their day, our students build self-awareness, empathy, and the ability to enjoy group activities. In lower school, students start each day by participating in a morning meeting with their teachers and peers, learning to be heard and to hear others through activities such as role-playing and taking turns speaking and listening from the heart. Morning meeting is a vital component in building a classroom culture of kindness, integrity, inclusion, and safety.

In middle school, our students continue their social-emotional development through our Advisory Program, building a strong, personal relationship with a trusted mentor and small peer group through discussions about friendship, autonomy, personal responsibility, community service, and program milestones such as the Israel trip, graduation, and high school applications.

Mindfulness and Spiritual Practices

Mindful practices connect deeply with our core values of integrity, kindness, and service by inculcating gratitude, self-awareness, and compassion. Our faculty is engaged in special training to bring the practice of mindfulness more fully into our classrooms. These practices—incorporated into the daily middle school P.E. curriculum in the form of yoga and pilates, for example—help our students build healthy bodies and minds and learn skills such as breathing, stretching, and meditation to cope with stress and other challenging moments that inevitably come with life.

Life Skills

As our students grow, we aim to begin dialogue around issues they will start to think and hear about in early and later adolescence.

Some of our programs include:

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  • Digital Citizenship Program

    Our program is centered on the changing role of technology in our students' lives. As a school partner of Common Sense Media, we have begun the conversation with students, teachers, and parents on the subjects of work/play balance, privacy, and online behavior. We have also rolled out new modules for digital citizenship and online leadership as part of our lower and middle school curricula.
  • Healthy Relationships

    Our partnership with Shalom Bayit—an organization that promotes healthy homes and families—is rooted in Jewish values as part of our Judaic studies curriculum. Students in middle school learn how to advocate for themselves in different types of relationships, learning and discussing healthy boundaries and responsibilities.
  • Reproductive Education

    Our curriculum starts in the upper elementary grades, introducing students to the physical changes during puberty as well as to information about the basics of reproduction. In middle school, the program continues to educate our students in making healthy, safe, and informed sexual and reproductive choices later in life.
  • Drug and Alcohol Education

    Our middle school students learn about the physiological effect of drugs and alcohol consumption, including related issues such as addiction, peer pressure, and making healthy, safe choices.