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The Success Bound curriculum enables middle grade students to explore their identities, strengths, and passions to embark on a bold path to reach their goals. The units and lesson materials are designed to support development of a strong sense of personal agency, positive relationships with adults and peers, adaptive skills for navigating challenges, and confidence around future planning in both personal and academic contexts.

By the end of 6th grade, your students will...

  • Build connections between their interests, values, and goals for the future
  • Develop a sense of ownership over their grades and attendance
  • Explore tools and strategies for navigating challenges in the middle grades both in an outside of school
  • Explore options for college and career pathways
  • Build a plan and success team to support them throughout middle school

By the end of 7th grade, your students will...

  • Create a plan for achieving academic and personal goals
  • Understand the relevance of grades and attendance to their high school and postsecondary goals
  • Develop foundational skills to support academic success and personal well-being
  • Identify possible postsecondary pathways aligned with their interests and values
  • Learn how to hold themselves accountable for continued growth toward their personal and academic goals

By the end of 8th grade, your students will...

  • Learn strategies for navigating setbacks to achieve their goals
  • Understand how academic expectations in high school differ from middle school
  • Develop leadership skills to promote individual and collective well-being both in and out of school
  • Develop potential postsecondary plans and outline the steps to pursue them
  • Feel prepared for the transition to high school

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The Success Bound curriculum was based on research and best practices around adolescent development, social & emotional learning (SEL), identity and cultural development, high school & postsecondary exploration, and foundational skill development for all learners. For more information on the philosophies and frameworks that ground our work, click here.