Second Step® High School

Now Available: An All-New Program

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Create a Culture Where Everyone Is Most Likely to Succeed

Great high schools empower everyone to succeed. With Second Step® High School, you can help create a culture where all students build connections, confidence, resilience, and other skills they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

An Age of Opportunity

Watch an overview of Second Step® High School, our all-new social-emotional learning program for Grades 9–12, to learn more about the program and our introductory pricing. 

  • A teacher talking to students in class.

    It flexes to fit busy high schools. The program integrates with your existing schedule, offering ways to adapt the learning, and providing a choice of implementation options.

  • A student sitting at a desk in class.

    It helps students face challenges and opportunities unique to their age. The learning is based on up-to-date research, a culturally responsive framework, and student feedback.

  • Four students taking a selfie.

    It’s easy for adolescents to embrace. It integrates into school settings with elements of voice and choice, so it can be authentically contextualized to each student’s perspectives.

  • A selection of sample screens from the High School SEL program.

    Everyone's on the Same Page

    Second Step® High School is designed to fit into the existing schedule and structure of your day. It provides integrated practices for leaders and educators, activities for students, and a scaffolded game plan that’s easy to follow. Everyone’s in alignment as they progress through the program’s learning pathways together.

    What's Included in the Program?

    Second Step High School contains schoolwide practices, educator practices, and student activities. It provides easy online access to professional development and training, an extensive resource library, a streamlined Implementation Guide, and a Leader Dashboard with ongoing visibility into district, site, grade, and class progress.

    • Pathway
      Belonging & Connection

      School leaders, educators, and students cultivate a sense of social and school belonging so students feel accepted, respected, and known, and can create and sustain positive relationships. Practices and activities focus on effective communication practices, positive peer interactions, trust, and explorations of key psychological concepts that influence belonging. 

    • Pathway
      Confidence & Capability

      Leaders, educators, and students create learning conditions that build students’ beliefs in their ability to overcome challenges and achieve personal and academic success. Practices and activities focus on achieving goals, resilience in the face of challenges, and adaptive approaches to learning such as a growth mindset and a mastery-goal orientation. 

    • Pathway
      Agency & Opportunity

      This pathway allows students to explore taking ownership over their learning by providing opportunities to build and apply their strengths and interests. It is designed to help school leaders, educators, and students develop a school community that features autonomy, student-centered learning that incorporates choice and voice, and celebration of everyone’s strengths and talents. 

    • Pathway
      Well-Being & Community

      In this pathway, practices and activities focus on developing students’ psychosocial assets to contribute to their individual well-being and the well-being of the community. Leaders, educators, and students focus on opportunities for recognition and gratitude, fostering positive emotion in the classroom, and developing skills for stress management, emotional support, and social connectedness. 


    Sample a Practice or Activity

    Sample screen from schoolwide practice.
    Schoolwide Practice

    Recognizing Contributions

    In this practice, leaders publicly recognize students and staff for their remarkable contributions to the school community.

    Pathway 3: Agency & Opportunity

    Sample screen from schoolwide practice.
    Educator Practice

    Choice Boards

    In this practice, educators create materials to boost student engagement in an upcoming lesson by giving students choices in their approach to learning.  

    Pathway 3: Agency & Opportunity

    Sample screen from student activity.
    Student Activity

    Guess Who?

    In this activity, students guess each other’s strengths and then discuss and reflect on their own positive qualities.   

    Pathway 3: Agency & Opportunity

    Ready to Purchase?

    You can purchase a single-school grades 9-12 license in our online store. If you are purchasing for a district, learn about multisite savings or contact us for a detailed quote.

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