Emotional development is an important and frequently cited purpose of school, particularly for schools serving younger students. Click on the image below to find links to examples of mission statements that incorporate themes related to emotional development, keywords that schools use to indicate the importance of emotional development within their mission statement, links to organizations that focus on emotional development, and links to assessments of emotional development.

With origins dating to 1858, Cardinal Newman School, a diocesan, coeducational, college preparatory secondary school serving grades 7 through 12, exists for the purpose of providing Catholic education of the highest quality to children of residents of the greater Columbia community. With an emphasis on the Catholic tradition of education- strong academics, a dedication to service, and traditional Catholic, Christian values, Cardinal Newman School provides a safe and structured environment which challenges all students to achieve personal excellence in every way. Inspired by the community belief in divine providence and love, Cardinal Newman students will become self-disciplined learners who also demonstrate respect, integrity, responsibility, and a sense of justice as they prepare to live lives of truth, integrity, and fidelity- VERITAS, INTEGRITAS, FIDELITAS.
-Cardinal Newman School
Columbia, South Carolina (Parochial School)

Casa’s mission is to motivate its students from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. The goal of education should not be to fill the child with facts but rather to cultivate his/her own natural desire to learn.
-Casa Dei Bambini
Marietta, Georgia (Montessori School)

Adolescents today are inheriting a world with staggering challenges. To meet those challenges and solve ever more complex problems, our young men and women will need a strong sense of moral and ethical responsibility, tremendous creativity, inner strength, and the ability to work with each other in a global context. At Academe of the Oaks, our mission is to re-define the high school experience by educating our students to be resourceful, clear, and flexible thinkers, capable of making profound and positive contributions to the fast-changing world they inherit.
-Academe of the Oaks
Decatur, Georgia (Waldorf School)

Honolulu Waldorf School provides an education that fosters in each child a sense of meaning and purpose in life, and the confidence to meet his or her own individual destiny. We recognize and welcome the unique gifts brought by each child we serve. We are committed to supporting each child in his or her intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual development by offering a will-based curriculum that integrates academic, practical, experiential, and artistic work. We educate each child so that he or she will contribute to the future of the world with clear and creative thinking, compassion and moral strength, and the courage to initiate change. We are inspired and guided in our work by the educational and spiritual insights of Rudolf Steiner and the continually growing body of research in anthroposphy, which maintains that the highest goal of education is the realization of responsible human freedom.
-Honolulu Waldorf School
Honolulu, Hawaii (Waldorf School)

Dynamite Montessori is a joyful place where children’s spontaneity is expressed, where community is fostered, and respect is practiced. It is a safe place where the wonders of nature are discovered, and people experience kindness as the powerful force it is. Ours is a place where bilingual education is pursued, strong bodies are nurtured, lifelong friendships are formed, and the love of learning never wanes.
-Dynamite Montessori
Cave Creek, Arizona (Montessori School)

Key Words

In our empirical research (Stemler & Bebell, 2012; Stemler, Bebell, & Sonnabend, 2011), we have found that schools tend to use the following phrases in their mission statement when they are referring to emotional development. Specifically, there are five core aspects of emotional development that schools commonly express in their mission statements:

Develop self-discipline, self-confidence, and good self-image
Develop self-directed learner
Develop motivated, inquisitive students
Develop happy and productive human beings
Develop resourceful students
Develop students who are sensitive and aware
Develop students who are respectful of themselves and others
Develop students who are competent, confident, productive, and responsible young adults
Foster independence and individuality
Promote inner strength and determination
Promote self-esteem
Promote compassion and moral strength

Develop well-rounded, enthusiastic, and self-motivated learners
Develop and maintain a spirit of joy in learning, cooperation in doing, and optimism for success and the future
Instill a desire for lifelong learning
Instill a love of learning
Encourage enthusiasm for learning
Foster a positive attitude toward school
Motivate students from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge

Develop moral character in students
Develop persons of commendable moral character
Develop the intellect and character of students
Instill moral and ethical responsibility
Provide value-centered education
Students will be self-reliant
Students will become people of sound character
Our school will promote ethical behavior

Challenge students to maximize their growth emotionally
Challenge students to become who they want to be
Challenge students to reach their full potential
Develop students who understand the emotional needs of others
Offer students an education that will enhance their personal lives
Inspire each student to achieve personal growth and cultural pride
Inspire students to demonstrate respect for self, others, and environment
Foster in each child a sense of meaning and purpose in life
Foster balanced growth of heart, mind, body, and spirit
Provide students with the confidence to meet their destiny
Help everyone develop a sense of goodness, self-worth, and dignity of every person

Provide an education that is based on the process of mutual respect and cooperation
Foster the developmentally appropriate awakening of thinking, feeling, and willing
Facilitate the fullest development and maturation of each child

Emotional Organizations
Emotional Curriculum

People who talk about Emotional Development in their mission statement often use the following terms:

Assessments of Emotional Constructs

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