SEl Curriculum

LCPCS places a strong emphasis on social and emotional learning (SEL), and uses nationally recognized SEL curricula in all grade levels. 


PreK students through eighth graders use the Second Step curriculum (see for more info). The PreK unit focuses primarily on the transition to kindergarten, with a focus on self-regulation and executive-function skills. The kindergarten-fifth grade unit teaches social-emotional skills — such as making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems — that set students on a path for social success and academic readiness. Sixth through eighth graders learn communication, coping, and decision-making skills to help them navigate adolescence, make good choices, and avoid pitfalls, such as peer pressure, substance abuse, and bullying.


High school students use the School-Connect curriculum (for more information on School-Connect, visit program targets social and emotional competencies (i.e. social awareness, self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) that have been identified as critical to success in school, the workplace, and life. Students engage in lessons on empathy, bully prevention, coping mechanisms, brainstorming and evaluating solutions, negotiating an agreement, apologizing and forgiving, and more. Modules include “Building Academic Strengths and Purpose,” “Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Management,” “Resolving Conflicts and Making Decisions,” and others.

SEL has evolved with the integration of cultural values of HA from the Na Hopena Ao Framework adopted by both Hawaii DOE and Hawaii Public Charter School Commission.  HA is the Hawaiian word for BREATH as we commit in strengthening our sense of Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Well-Being, and Hawaii.  We have practiced these HA Values for the past 2 years at our morning assemblies, awards and recognition, and school postings.  LCPCS has become a Community of Practice in partnership with the Office of Hawaiian Education, The Kohala Center and Hooulu Aina and our Governing Board has started community meetings to gain a deeper understanding as we move with HA beyond the classroom.


Interested in learning more about LCPCS’s SEL curricula and its impact? Please contact Kaulana Smith at for more information.