Social Emotional Learning

Strong social-emotional skills are crucial to a child’s academic success—and life. So at Park, we weave social-emotional learning (SEL) throughout every day.

We maintain trusting relationships between students and teachers, creating a community where children feel seen, understood, comfortable, and empowered to take intellectual risks. It is through these relationships that students in PreK learn how to recognize and label emotions, laying the groundwork for developing empathy throughout the Lower Division. Students in upper grades can aptly express their needs as well as understand that taking emotional risks is part of the learning process. Classrooms and daily schedules are intentionally organized to provide students with opportunities to collaborate, engage in discourse, ask questions, and learn the skill of self-advocacy.

Community Expectations

Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying 

Students at The Park School should expect to be treated with respect and consideration and be able to learn in an environment free from concern about their personal welfare.

The School prohibits discrimination or harassment of any student based on race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. This prohibition applies to other students, employees, visitors, and vendors. In addition, consistent with the School’s mission and Massachusetts state law, each Park student has the right to be protected from bullying and cyber bullying.


We foster self-discipline at Park, and we expect students to act with integrity, respect, and common sense. Rules and guidelines are intended to be age-appropriate and to help students learn to conduct themselves responsibly.

Essentially, the same disciplinary philosophy prevails in all grades. Discipline in the Lower Division is supervised by the homeroom teacher, in consultation with the Division Head. In the Upper Division, the Grade Level Coordinators address minor infractions while the Assistant Upper Division Head addresses major disciplinary issues. The School’s counseling department is consulted by Division Heads as deemed appropriate at the sole discretion of the School.

Bullying prevention & intervention plan
First page of the PDF file: Bullying-Policy-2021