Second Step, a part of Merritt Academy's character education program, is a curriculum published by the Committee for Children. It is a whole-school approach to character education and includes:
These skills are taught by the school counselor, reinforced and role-modeled by classroom teachers, assistants and other staff, and are practiced by students as part of classroom instruction. The goal is to teach children to treat each other with respect, kindness, and tolerance, to develop self-regulation skills, and to be able to problem-solve without escalation to violence. This curriculum nicely supports the Merritt Academy Code of Courtesy and the character traits which are taught each month on a rotating basis.
Jayden developed so much both emotionally and developmentally during his time at Merritt.