The Peer Education Program began at Friends School in 1997 and
continues to provide students with opportunities to learn about
the relationship between health, safety and their own behaviors.
After being interviewed and selected by Upper School faculty, approximately
21 Upper School students attend a training retreat to begin work
on the lessons they will teach to the 5th and 8th grades. Based
on need and experience, peer educators are placed into 4 teams of
3 students to teach the 8th grade in the middle school and 3 teams
of 3 to teach the 5th grade in the lower school. Each team has at
least one senior or experienced peer educator to act as the leader
of the team.
We complete a total of 5 lessons for each grade with the last lesson
as a transition to middle and upper schools. In the 8th grade the
peer educators lead open and honest discussions covering a broad
range of topics including: self-image, relationships, drugs and
alcohol, sexuality and transition to upper school. In the 5th grade
the peer educators give concrete instruction and lead discussion
about bullying, friendship and cooperation, understanding your changing
self, family dynamics and transitions to middle school.