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Transitioning to Middle School Can Be Tough

The evidence-based Second Step Program gives schools and teachers an effective method for teaching essential communication, coping, and decision-making skills that will allow adolescents to navigate common pitfalls, such as peer pressure, substance abuse, and bullying (both face-to-face and online).

Middle-school educators who use the Second Step Program say it creates a more inclusive environment that helps students stay in school. Research indicates that when the Second Step Program is used in middle school, students exhibit less aggression,[1] make better choices, and experience social and academic success.

Who Is the Second Step Middle School Program For?

The Second Step Grades 6–8 classroom kits were created to meet the needs of middle school students from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and locations.


Announcing Our New 2017 Second Step Middle School Program

New Middle School Program

The new iteration of the Second Step Middle School Program brings together today’s technology with the latest research in social-emotional learning, the adolescent brain, and social psychology. It helps build a culture of connectedness and empowers middle school students with the skills to succeed socially and academically.

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The 2008 Second Step Grades 6–8 classroom kits consist of materials that engage students and teach them how to adjust to their ever-changing community successfully.

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  1. A study, published May 2013 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that sixth-grade students in schools that implemented the Second Step program were 42 percent less likely to say they were involved in physical aggression (fighting) compared with students in schools that did not implement the program. Espelage, D. L., Low, S., Polanin, J. R., & Brown, E. C. (2013). “The impact of a middle school program to reduce aggression, victimization, and sexual violence.” Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(2), 180–186.