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Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Rosary Academy is committed to supporting the social emotional needs of our students by fostering a safe, caring, empathetic environment where we believe in each other, respect diversity, communicate openly, grow together and hold each other to high expectations to become the leaders and innovators of the future.

The Director of Social and Emotional Learning, counseling department, nurses, and campus ministry are always available to help if your student needs personal, social or emotional support. Effective social-emotional learning (SEL) is a transformative and evidence-based educational process that teaches children the mental skills that will develop fundamental skills for life, significantly reduce emotional stresses that lead to mental health disorders, violence and addiction, improve problem-solving skills, enhance empathy, raise academic test scores and increase resiliency. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically.
Following the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework, these skills include:
  • self- awareness: understanding one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts
  • self- management: managing our emotions
  • social awareness: developing caring and concern for others
  • relationship skills: establishing positive and health relationships
  • responsible decision making: handling challenging situations constructively and ethically

If you have questions or concerns about your student’s social and/or emotional health, please contact Katie Marquez, Director of Social & Emotional Learning.

What is Social-Emotional Counseling? 

  • Provides a safe and confidential space with a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) for students to discuss personal concerns that interfere with school success and provide referrals to outside counseling services as needed.
  • Gives emotional and practical support for students struggling with time management, stress and anxiety.
  • Assists students in developing and strengthening the 5 core SEL skills (self- awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making).
  • Using a team approach, students are supported spiritually, socially, and emotionally with counseling, campus ministry, the nurses, the dean, and faculty and staff.
  • Work alongside parents to provide a range of resources and referrals to support our Royals in meeting the challenges of adolescence through prevention, early-intervention, and education.
  • Academic & College Counselors work closely with the Director of Social & Emotional Learning to assess and refer students to the appropriate professionals when necessary.

Suicide Prevention

Chaptered as California Education Code (EC) Section 215, AB 2246 mandates that the Governing Board of any LEA that serves pupils in grades seven to twelve, inclusive, adopt a policy on pupil suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention....While the mandate does not apply to private schools or schools with students below grade seven, we encourage private schools and schools with students below seventh grade to consider adopting a suicide prevention policy as a safety net for all of their students. This is particularly important since suicide is now the second leading cause of death for youth ages thirteen to eighteen..." - California Department of Education

Suicide is now one of the leading causes of death for adolescence and the California Bishops recently called upon us to respond to the mental health needs of those in our community in a way that is “proactive rather than reactive”. Together with parents, the Director of Social and Emotional Learning, Administration, and Nurses, will partner together to be sure our Royals receive the help and support needed to maintain their mental, spiritual, and physical health.

Questions regarding Rosary’s Suicide Prevention Policy can be directed to Katie Marquez, Director of Social & Emotional Learning |

If you notice any of these warning signs, you can help!

  1. Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
  2. Ask directly about suicide
  3. Encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  4. Involve a trusted adult

Remember, if you have an IMMEDIATE concern about someone’s safety, call 911 right away!


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