The Yale RULER program allows students to build emotional intelligence and learn how to eventually regulate their emotions. At our school students participate in daily check ins on the mood meter, and create a classroom charter the beginning of the year.
R.U.L.E.R. helps students to:
Regulate their emotions.
Advisory program - This course meets weekly for all students and includes a variety of weekly lessons based upon the developmental needs of our students.
Over the years West Prep Academy’s Titan Time Advisory focuses on our scholar’s identity. With a foundation built in RULER and Restorative Practices we encourage our students to grow their understanding of themselves, their immediate community and the larger world.
6th Grade Focus: Who am I? How do I feel? Why do I feel this way? How can I manage these emotions?
7th Grade Focus: How do others feel? Why do they feel that way? How do I navigate relationships in order to respect the feelings of others?
8th Grade Focus: How can I impact the world around me? How do current events impact me as an 8th grader?
West Prep has collaborated with the Morningside Center to support transformative change for every child.
Read more about the work that West Prep and the Morningside Center do together here.
Every year during Titan Time 7th grade students explore several lessons surrounding the theme of college awareness. We survey students, learn about their interests and also have them research career paths and industries they are interested in helping them to develop a path to college. Students also get hands on experience by taking trips to universities, including a trip to Philadelphia where they visited several colleges, including an HBCU campus.
These practices are spiraled into all Titan Time lessons, as well as throughout the school day to manage conflicts between students, staff, and even to address conflicts in the community. School support staff such as counselors, administrators, and instructors are trained in restorative practices and implementation. A parent workshop was also held in the winter teaching parents how we create safe spaces for our children, and how to implement restorative practices at home.