Health & Wellness
The guiding principle of the Greenwich Academy Health & Wellness department is the belief that good health results from the integration of physical, psychological, social, and emotional wellbeing. The Health & Wellness team works closely with parents, teachers, advisors, coaches, and outside professionals to support the unique needs of each girl. Working together to achieve these objectives, our faculty and staff include a pediatrician, psychologists, nurses, licensed clinical social workers, learning specialists, and athletic trainers.
In the Lower School, it is our belief that addressing students’ social and emotional health is an essential component of their experience at Greenwich Academy. Social skills, identifying and regulating emotions, conflict resolution, and building a Growth Mindset are just a few of the areas that we focus on, through individual, small group, and classroom lessons.
During Middle School, a time of significant physical, emotional, and developmental change, our program promotes self-respect, empathy, healthy decision-making skills, emotional regulation, and positive relationships. We emphasize social-emotional learning in our individual and group interactions on a daily basis, as well as on an ongoing collaborative level with faculty, staff, and parents.
In Upper School, health and wellness focuses on supporting students as they navigate a sense of self and identity development. We provide safe spaces for our adolescents to explore and process their emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual self. Identifying values, maintaining healthy relationships, expressing and managing emotions, and decision-making skills, are some of the topics included in our signature programming along with an emphasis on self-care and compassion.
- Lower School: our conflict resolution program, HELPS
- Middle School: Stressbusters groups, empathy workshops
- Upper School: School Participatory Action Research Collaborative (SPARC) student wellness groups
Beginning in the Lower School, and continuing throughout their tenure at GA, students participate in health and wellness education that is constantly evaluated and evolving as the needs of the girls change. Through discussion and interactive class activities, the curriculum is carefully planned, and includes developmentally appropriate materials covering health, wellness, and interpersonal skills. Additionally, guest speakers, advisory activities, and supplemental programs are offered throughout the year to further assist the girls in developing the skills and resiliency to become self-advocates, form healthy habits and relationships, and make good decisions for themselves.
- Freedom From Chemical Dependency
- Body image panel/presentations
- iPause week
- Empathy workshops
Our learning specialists and psychologists work collaboratively with teachers, parents, and outside providers to develop and implement the most appropriate supports and interventions for students who require additional academic support. In addition, they work individually and in small groups with students and oversee all standardized testing. The learning specialists develop educational plans and accommodations for students with documented learning challenges and refer students for outside evaluations and treatment when necessary.
Speakers & Guests
We bring in accomplished and compelling guest speakers throughout the year to work with our entire community—students, faculty, and parents. Recent visitors include:
- Rachel Simmons: educator and author of Enough As She Is, Odd Girl Out, The Curse of the Good Girl
- Frances Jensen: Alumna and author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
- Claire Shipman: Author of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know
- Lynn Lyons: Author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children
- Benedict Carey: Author of How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Lauren Winston, PhD
Health & Wellness chair