Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum for High School


SEL programs for high school are critical to student success

High schoolers are forming mature relationships, achieving emotional independence from parents and actively shaping who they are and what they believe in. At this age, they are also building an ethical system that guides their behavior.

An effective SEL curriculum for high school considers these developmental needs and gives students opportunities to explore who they are and the impact they want to have on the world.

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The five SEL competencies developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) are crucial to students’ learning and development.

5 SEL Competencies
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SEL in high school should emphasize these core skills.
  • Self-Awarenes: Recognizing emotions and their effect on behavior
  • Self-Management: Regulating emotions, thoughts, and behaviors; managing stress, setting goals, and staying motivated
  • Responsible Decision-Making: Making constructive decisions in social situations based on ethics, safety, and social norms
  • Relationship Skills: Developing positive relationships with diverse groups and individuals; communicating clearly and cooperating with others
  • Social Awareness: Empathizing and understanding the views of others, including those of other cultures or backgrounds

SEL Curriculum for High School

The A Chance in the World curriculum for Grades 8–12 is based on the best-selling memoir by Steve Pemberton. Students use surveys and charts to examine their own cognitive and behavioral patterns and the issues that matter to them.

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Written for teachers, by teachers, the curriculum highlights the life-changing power of resilience, hope, and empathy through:
  • SEL discussion starters and activities
  • A language arts lesson
  • Related readings and project ideas
  • A personal narrative writing workshop

See how A Chance in The World SEL curriculum can make positive change in your classroom.


HMH High School Programs with SEL Built Right In

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Into Literature®

HMH Into Literature helps students in Grades 6–12 grow into tomorrow’s leaders with ELA instruction that integrates SEL competencies like self-awareness and relationship building.

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Into AGA®

Into AGA’s embedded growth mindset tasks and explicit SEL instruction help students in Grades 8–12 build the productive perseverance they need to transform math fear into math enthusiasm.

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HMH Social Studies

HMH Social Studies incorporates SEL into the 6–12 curriculum with document-based investigations and essential questions that prepare students for college, career, and civic life.

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English 3D

English 3D gives students in Grades 4–12 the opportunity to explore themes relevant to their lives, such as bullying, belonging, identity, valuing one’s heritage, and overcoming adversity.

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Writable incorporates SEL into the 9–12 program with writing prompts aligned to each of the five CASEL competencies. The prompts are based on the best-selling memoir A Chance in the World.

Discover how our programs incorporate social-emotional learning for high school students to help them thrive personally and academically.