Wellness at Maret
The wellness curriculum aims to help students develop self awareness and empowers them to make healthy choices, lead balanced and fulfilling lives, and contribute to a positive culture at Maret and beyond.
“When we empower students with knowledge and encourage dialogue, they are able to self-advocate and get the support they need, making our community a healthier space for everyone.”
- In response to Strategic Directions, wellness was incorporated into Maret's Mission as the fourth pillar and priority alongside academics, athletics, and the arts.
- The summer of 2020 marked the fourth year that, through the Case Institute, K–12 faculty will convene to develop and refine a school-wide wellness program.
- Maret’s institutional research leverages quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate and support Maret's progress towards student wellness and equity and inclusion.
- Every member of the school community is expected to abide by the comprehensive Code of Conduct, which provides clear policies, training, and other safeguards to protect every student in the School’s care.
Maret's sequenced K–12 wellness curriculum encompasses digital citizenship, mental health, identity, physical health, sexuality and human development, and social-emotional development. Faculty wellness teams serve as advocates for all students, K-12.
- The P.E. program emphasizes balance, self-care, and finding joy in physical activity.
- During the annual Day of Dialogue, students and faculty engage around issues of identity and equity.
- The S.T.O.P (Stop, Talk, Own Up, Plan) program teaches lower schoolers important wellness skills.
- Middle school initiatives include Wellness Wednesdays, upstander training, and work on the Big 8 Social Identifiers: race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, and ability.
- Middle and upper school students and their families participate in regular drug and alcohol education programs.
- Middle and upper school students and their advisors organize extracurricular affinity groups each year that encourage self-confidence and build friendships.
- Annual upper school celebrations include assemblies that honor Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage, Black History Month, Coming Out Day, Hispanic Heritage, Middle Eastern Heritage, mental health awareness, and the work of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
- Upper schoolers and their advisors discuss such topics as homework and digital citizenship. Maret’s Code of Conduct is also reviewed to ensure that students understand expectations for their behavior and how to access support and care for themselves and their community.
- Upper school student clubs such as “End Sexual Assault Now” and “Women of the World” work with administrators to develop programming for students.
- Each year, in accordance with DC's laws addressing issues of abuse and neglect, all Maret faculty complete the online mandatory reporter certification course.
- Each year, all faculty are required to review and agree to Maret’s Code of Conduct.
- Faculty seminars are held regularly to study and review the elements and behaviors that create healthy boundaries. For the fourth time since 2012, David Wolowitz ’64—an internationally respected lawyer and prominent expert on abuse prevention—hosted a workshop for all faculty.
“Our best measure of success is if our students are thriving in all areas of their lives. Mindfully developing our wellness curriculum is essential to supporting the School’s aspirations.”
Faculty from all divisions have shared their best ideas for developing and implementing a meaningful, far-reaching, and effective wellness curriculum. This approach has been systematic and effective because of Maret’s Case Institute for Curricular Innovation and Excellence, an educational incubator that optimizes the energy, talent, wisdom, and imagination of the School’s faculty. Each unique project, referred to as an “ICIE,” is created by the participating teachers. This summer professional development program compensates faculty so that they can collaborate, explore, design, and develop innovative curricula.