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HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

OUR COMPREHENSIVE HUMAN SEXUALITY PROGRAM

As part of Abintra’s commitment to science-based holistic education, the curriculum integrates age and developmentally appropriate education about sexuality.

At Abintra we believe that:

  1. Sexuality is a lifelong, natural, and integral part of being human.

  2. Children and young people deserve access to positive, accurate, and age-and-developmentally appropriate information about sexuality.

  3. Access to positive sexuality education produces what our society needs: sexually healthy adolescents and adults.

  4. All people deserve to be affirmed in all of their identities, including all LGBTQIA+ and gender identities. These are taught in an age and developmentally appropriate way.

For lessons and guidance, we use the National Standards for Sexuality Education to guide the information provided.

LOWER SCHOOL (AGES 3-6)

IN THE LOWER SCHOOL CHILDREN LEARN:

  • To use correct names for all body parts in the context of personal care and bathroom

  • About personal boundaries

  • About how families come to be and grow and respecting different kinds of families

  • To manage, make, and maintain friendships

  • To communicate respectfully

  • How living things reproduce

  • To communicate feelings

  • That they have a right to accept or refuse touches like hugs, handholding, and playing tag, etc.

  • What touches are appropriate and in what contexts.

Two students swinging together at recess
Student working with an anatomy model

UPPER SCHOOL (AGES 6-14)

IN THE UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN:

  • To manage friendships and communication

  • The physical, social, cognitive, and emotional changes that occur during puberty and adolescence

  • To identify trusted adults as resources

  • Science-based information on healthy behaviors that prevent STIs and pregnancy

  • Research skills to identify accurate medically based information

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