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Social Emotional Learning


To ensure we meet our students' needs, we give the DESSA (Deveraux Strengths Assessment) twice a year. This rating scale measures social and emotional skills that research has shown help students do well in school, at home, and in the community. Information gathered from DESSA will be beneficial to your child’s overall success inside and outside the classroom. 

Elementary: Elementary families can learn more about the assessment tool and submit their opt-out request at the Elementary DESSA Information Page.

Middle & High School: Parent/guardian consent is required for students in grades 6-12 to participate. Families may review the middle school and high school assessment tools and then sign off using the DESSA Consent Form.  

Social emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.  

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Overviews of the five social emotional competencies:



Responsible Decision Making

Relationship Skills

Social Awareness