Adjustments of Early Adolescence Highlight the Importance of a Supportive Educational Setting, says Valley School

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The Van Nuys private school comments on a recent article that, at all stages of childhood, students require a caring and challenging environment to be their absolute best.

Learning is one key to a happy and successful life for young people.

All stages of childhood have their special challenges but providing a nurturing, safe, and supportive environment is especially needed for children to grow into their full potential.

A May 14 article in Psychology Today discusses how the ‘tween and early teen years up to age 13 can be particularly stressful for young people, who are dealing with the many changes the signal the end of childhood and the beginning of their adolescent transition to adulthood . The article offers a number of suggestions for statements that parents and others can make to help children accept the growing responsibilities and freedoms they are aging into. The Valley Schools, a Van Nuys-based educational institution offering instruction from preschool to middle school, says that all stages of childhood have their special challenges but providing a nurturing, safe, and supportive environment is especially needed for children to grow into their full potential. It adds that, of course, learning is always a top priority and youngsters often find that a challenging academic curriculum can impart the mastery and self-confidence that will help them throughout their teenage years and on into adulthood.

The Valley Schools says that its middle school students in grades 6 through 8 are expected to meet the kinds of high standards they will need to become accustomed to as they continue their academic career. At the same time, it says that achievement should be fostered with a positive and attentive approach that treats youngsters as highly valued individuals with their own unique perspectives. From pre-school and kindergarten to the end of a child’s middle school years and throughout an individual’s life, being interested and engaged in the world is an important part of any individual’s growth and adjustment. Few things, the school says, correlate more with personal happiness than becoming the kind of self-directed problem solvers and lifelong learners the Valley Schools graduates generally become.

About the Valley Schools

Founded in 1950, the Valley Schools is the oldest non-sectarian private school in the San Fernando Valley. It was established with the goal of preparing children for higher education in prestigious preparatory schools and, later on, universities. 68 years later, the school maintains the highest standards for its students, while also fostering a caring and supportive environment where young people are able to achieve their full potential. The school offers the full range of academic and extracurricular opportunities for students, including athletics and an outstanding selection of specialty classes. It also offers summer school as well as a day camp and a sports camp.

Readers who are interested in learning more about the Valley Schools may call 818-786-4720 or visit the school’s web site at http://valleyschool.com/.

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