Understand yourself and your role in the world.
Branson’s Human Development program teaches students the interpersonal and self-management skills needed to navigate a diverse and changing world, and to make informed decisions that benefit themselves and others, so they can evolve into kind, curious, and self-aware young adults. By providing accurate and relevant information in a nonjudgmental, socially sensitive way, we create safe spaces to have uncomfortable conversations about real-life situations where students cultivate their personal agency, gain a deeper awareness of their role in the community, and learn to foster healthy relationships of all kinds.
Throughout your four years of Human Development courses, you will explore many areas, such as psychology 101, healthy peer relationships, organization and study habits, mental health awareness, sexual health and identity, civic leadership, systematic racism, and more. Your experience will culminate with a course taught by the College Counseling office, which provides a space of deep reflection and empowerment during a time that can often feel stressful to teenagers.
12 units (4 semesters)
All students take The Developing Mind in the ninth grade and Healthy Sexuality in the tenth grade, both year-long. Students take Civic Leadership and College Counseling in both the eleventh and the twelfth grade, both semester-long.