In addition to science, math, social studies and language arts, all LGS students participate in social skills classes two to four days a week. Studies have shown classes and activities designed to increase social and emotional learning (SEL) not only positively impact student social skills, attitudes and behavior, they also increase student performance on academic tests 10 percent or greater.
Depending on the grade level and a student’s individual competencies, social skills lessons utilize activities ranging from videos and role playing of positive social behaviors, to stories and conversations related
to comic-book like heroes who help students interact positively with others at school, at home and in the community.
Throughout the day, LGS staff use class projects and other activities to reinforce positive social behavior and also take advantage of learning opportunities to help students understand how their words and actions affect others and themselves.