At the Greater Johnstown High School, we view student growth and development as both academic and social. We believe that a proper education should not only improve a student’s Intelligence Quotient but their Emotional Intelligence Quotient as well. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize one’s own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Strong emotional intelligence makes a student more self-aware and more socially competent. In fact, research indicates that people with high EQ scores will outperform people with higher IQs in the work place.
In our 9th Grade Success Academy, students are provided with the opportunity to grow their EQ by completing the Pacific Institute’s PX2 curriculum. PX2 is designed to help students understand how their mind works, and provides them with strategies to gear their mindset toward success. Through simple activities, self-reflection, and social learning activities, students gain insight to their own social-emotional strengths and weaknesses, and gain skills that allow them to grow as learners, workers, and human beings.
The PX2 curriculum is coupled with training in financial responsibility through the EverFi program sponsored by Ameriserv Financial. This program provides students with hands-on learning experiences geared toward building financial literacy. Students learn how to balance a checkbook, establish a budget, how debt accumulates, what a credit score is and why it matters, the benefits of compounding interest and several other aspects of the financial experiences they will encounter every day as adults. These two programs, combined with our own career exploration program build the foundation for a strong emotional intelligence to compliment our rigorous academic programming.