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Emotional Intelligence

The Fay School experience is grounded by our Emotional Intelligence program. Our goal is to nurture positive self-image and knowledge in our youth.  This positive self-image is then utilized by students to create effective relationships in school and in the home environment, creating a strong bond between the two entities and beyond.  Studies have shown that 80% of one’s future success is dependent upon one’s emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) and interaction with others, as opposed to the 20% impact of IQ.  Accordingly, The Fay School believes it is our responsibility to nurture hand-in-hand both intellectual and emotional intelligence for our students’ future success and happiness.

EQ is based upon five skills:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-regulation
  3. Self-motivation
  4. Social awareness
  5. Relationship skills

The program provides students with grade appropriate language to communicate their emotions and the emotions of classmates in a manner which frames the five skills noted above.  This allows students to identify and communicate emotions with peers and adults in order for their voice to be heard and understood. 

The next century will undoubtedly be measured by the success of our relationships and our ability to communicate.  Given our range of technological advances, the world is shrinking, making all relationships more intimate and therefore, more critical to mutually beneficial connections. 

The Fay School’s Emotional Intelligence program also serves as the foundation for our Leadership Development Program.  A successful leader is someone who inspires growth in self and others.  This requires a high degree of Emotional Intelligence - self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, social awareness, and relationship skills.  The Fay School’s Leadership Development program engages students to develop these abilities through reflection and communication.  By providing opportunities to practice these skills across the curriculum, we cultivate their leadership to positively impact the world.

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