Wellness

At Waverly, well­ness is a posi­tive approach to living that empha­sizes the whole person, not just a healthy lifestyle. It is the inte­gra­tion of body and mind and the appre­ci­a­tion that every­thing one does, thinks, feels, and believes has an impact on one’s health.

The elemen­tary school well­ness curricu­lum is focused on foster­ing respect for self and others, as well as how to build commu­nity and build healthy rela­tion­ships. It intro­duces students to the concepts of diver­sity, equity, and toler­ance. Discus­sion of gender, gender expres­sion, and gender iden­tity is done through this lens. Students crit­i­cally examine common stereo­types and media messages, and brain­storm empow­er­ing strate­gies in order to be agents for change in their commu­ni­ties. Well­ness at Waverly is a contin­u­ous curricu­lum. To that end, well­ness at the early elemen­tary school level also presents intro­duc­tory lessons on puberty and human sexu­al­ity, topics that form the foun­da­tion for well­ness at the upper elemen­tary level. Students learn basic anatomy and phys­i­ol­ogy, an overview of the hormonal changes of puberty, and how to keep bodies safe and healthy. The well­ness class is dynamic and has been designed to flex­i­bly respond to the needs of the student body. Students in the early elemen­tary school expe­ri­ence well­ness in two 10-week units, while students in the 5th/​6th grades have well­ness every other week for the dura­tion of the school year.

At the middle and high school levels, the well­ness program explores these same themes in devel­op­men­tally appro­pri­ate ways. Students meet weekly in a year-long well­ness class. Students continue to learn how to define and prac­tice healthy rela­tion­ships, and learn about consent, healthy bound­aries, and sexual deci­sion making. Students crit­i­cally examine media, social media, and soci­etal messag­ing with respect to these topics.