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Social-Emotional Learning

Students on The Langley School campus

At Langley, we believe that social-emotional learning (SEL) is critical for our students’ academic achievement, builds their resilience, adaptability, and authenticity, and prepares them to flourish in a diverse and global environment. 

As part of our commitment to SEL, we have developed a custom-built program that works in tandem with our academic program to provide students with critical skills that prepare them for life far beyond Langley. 

Our program, REACH (Raising Emotional Acuity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Healthy Behaviors) focuses on developing key skills for navigating life after Langley and in adulthood. The topics covered in REACH are aligned with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 

Importantly, the REACH curriculum is in line with our mission to focus on “every child, every day,” with inclusion being an essential practice at Langley. We are committed to ensuring that all of our community members feel safe, respected, valued, and accepted. As part of the REACH curriculum, and as part of our day-to-day practice at Langley, we celebrate the diverse identities that exist in our community and in the world.


Langley’s REACH lessons are guided by these three prongs:

Boys playing at The Langley School

SEL is woven into the fabric of Langley, and lives in the way in which we approach instruction, curriculum, discipline, and student support.

Sarah Sumwalt

Sarah Sumwalt

Director of Student Support and Social-Emotional Learning

The Impact of SEL

Over the past several decades, there has been a robust and expansive body of research documenting the strong links between SEL, academic achievement, and future positive outcomes in higher education, the workplace, and relationships.

Read more about the social-emotional research review in the Edutopia article written by Vanesa Veg. 

REACH Curriculum



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