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Emotional Well-Being

                                               

Located at the crux of one of the highest crime and poverty rates in DC, we understand students often come to school with emotional problems. Before our children can thrive in the classroom, they must address the outside factors preventing them for being able to learn. At Eagle, our staff consists of a range of specialists that can address their deep needs that might otherwise be overlooked in the classroom, so they can get back to learning.

Specialists

With two school psychologists, a behavioral specialist, two speech and language therapists, and an occupational therapist on staff, we are able to address the deeper needs of a child that might otherwise be overlooked in the classroom. Our range of behavioral specialists on staff advise our teachers on how to incorporate these essential life skills into the curriculum. Classroom routines and rituals enable students to feel secure in their school environment, to learn to work cohesively with peers, to express emotions with words rather than physical actions, and to accept direct intervention by staff designed to facilitate social-emotional growth.

Thoughtful Design

When designing the school, we wanted to ensure the building was conducive to learning. Research shows that daylight positively impacts the progress and positivity of students. With this in mind, we installed translucent panels in the gymnasium, library, and pool, which allow natural light to illuminate the school.

Research also shows that when individuals watch an aquarium, their blood pressure and heart rate drop and their attention span and mood improves. With this in mind, we installed a fish tank in one of the main gathering rooms with carpeting so the students could lie down on the floor and watch the fish swim.