At Columbus School for Girls, we take a holistic approach to wellness and tend to the needs of the whole child. We strive to empower each student to develop the skills and strategies necessary to realize her unique academic, physical, emotional, and social potential. The wellness program at CSG empowers girls to strive for balance and wellness through an emphasis on social, emotional, and physical health programming and initiatives with an emphasis on responsiveness to community needs.
Social wellness is taught and fostered at CSG to help our girls develop and maintain a strong network of support and relationships that are based on interdependence, mutual trust, and respect. These crucial social skills are furthered through the following initiatives and programs:
Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) – ROX is a program facilitated by CSG school counselors that provide evidence-based empowerment programming for girls. The program helps girls develop the skills to deal with issues including bullying and relational aggression, healthy dating and relationships, cyberbullying, navigating social media, body image, and leadership development.
Counselor Classroom Visits –The school counselor for the PYC and Lower School regularly visits the classrooms through Form V as part of the health curriculum. The Middle/Upper School counselor delivers programs in the classroom and in advisories to cover topics including, but not limited to, stress management, interpersonal communication skills, developing and maintaining friendships, cyber safety and responsibility, diversity, and inclusion.
Big/Little Sis Program & Traditions – The Big/Little Sis program at CSG is a unique program wherein the girls get assigned a “big sis” during Form I and girls become a big sis in Form VII. The program allows girls to both have a mentor and be a mentor!
Clubs – Middle and Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs based on their interests. Clubs offer the opportunity for girls to explore shared interests with their peers across grade levels.
Parent Education Events – The faculty at CSG regularly host parents for education events wherein parents can stay abreast of the most current practices to help promote wellness for their daughters. Some examples of parent education topics include the ins and outs of social media, girl drama and female friendships, and understanding standardized testing.
School Dances and Friday Night Association – Students at CSG regularly have the opportunity to participate in school dances starting in Form VII in collaboration with Columbus Academy, The Wellington School, and St. Charles. In Form VI, students participate in Friday Night Association starting in February. These dances provide key social opportunities to interact with classmates and peers from the community.
Seeds of Caring Collaboration - As a part of our ongoing efforts to promote civic engagement and instill a philanthropic spirit beginning at a young age, CSG Lower School has partnered with Seeds of Caring. Seeds of Caring is a local non-profit that aims to empower kids to create a kinder community by designing meaningful opportunities for them to engage in service and community building.
Emotional wellness programming and education at CSG aims to help our students identify, express, and manage a range of feelings. In support of this goal, CSG provides the following programs and opportunities for our students:
Individual Counseling – CSG provides students with access to two full-time, licensed counselors. Our counselors support students and families and work from a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Framework.
Counseling Support Groups – Small group counseling sessions are facilitated by our school counselors to help students learn how to identify and appropriately express their feelings. Groups are formed throughout the year based on needs. Examples of groups that have formed at CSG include a divorce and family separation support group and a grief support group.
Affinity Spaces - Affinity groups bring together people who have an identifier in common, e.g. race, gender, religion, family status, etc. Affinity groups are for individuals who identify as members of the group and can speak to the experience of being a member of the group from the “I” perspective. These groups help to build community, identify issues, share successes, promote ideas for action, prepare for deep and honest cross-cultural dialogue with other affinity groups, and provide opportunities for affirmation and celebration. Affinity spaces are offered in both the Middle and Upper School Divisions.
Faculty Professional Development – Our faculty regularly receives professional development to learn how to best promote emotional health in our students. In past years, our faculty have received professional development on mindfulness, creating balance for students, signs of depression, and executive functioning.
Youth Yoga Project - CSG has partnered with Youth Yoga Project to bring yoga and mindfulness skills into the classroom. Youth Yoga Project lessons provide students opportunities for movement, strengthen students' abilities to focus, show greater acceptance of others' differences, and demonstrate better conflict management in a safe and supportive learning environment.
Physical wellness is approached holistically at CSG with a focus on nutrition and physical exercise. Check out the Health and Physical Education page for more information!
- Health and Physical Education Curriculum – Our comprehensive health and Physical Education curricula cover various aspects of physical health and wellness.
- Unicorn Athletics – Students can participate in a variety of organized sports opportunities from Form II through Form XII.
- Yoga – Students participate in yoga class as part of their Physical Education class.
- Strength and Conditioning – Students have the opportunity to participate in strength and conditioning training after school twice a week for athletes that are out of season and three times a week for in-season athletes.
- Nutrition and Dining – CSG provides food and beverage choices that exceed nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and students have access to a variety of nutritious and appealing food and drink choices. CSG also provides a clean, safe, and pleasant dining experience for students and faculty.
CSG encourages girls and young women to discover their distinctive potential and their unique future in our global and dynamic world. To meet this goal, we provide a variety of academic and college/career support for our students. To learn more, visit the Academic section of our website!
- College Counseling – College Counseling at CSG is a thoughtful, comprehensive four year program with intensive counseling of students and their families. It is a highly individualized process where each girl, with the help of the college counselor, searches to find the right fit for college.
The mission of the Wellness Committee is to promote and support organizational and individual wellness among members of the CSG community. It aims to create and maintain a community that encourages a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle through positive school climate and collegial support. The 10-member team includes representation from various departments and parent liaisons. This group, along with the Health, Physical Education, and Support Services departments, spearheads many of our wellness initiatives.