An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Lakeside School is piloting a program designed to help students prevent sexual violence in their relationships and communities. Beginning in October 2021, students in grades 10, 11, and 12 will be taking part in a series of workshops that focus on the knowledge and skills students need to prevent sexual violence, now and in the future. This new program is inspired by and in response to student activism during the 2020-2021 school year.

The sexual violence prevention pilot program builds on what 9th graders learn about sexual violence prevention through the school’s current wellness program, including definitions of consent, signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexual decision-making, and the identity dynamics of power and privilege that underpin sexual violence in our society. Student in grades 10, 11, and 12 will participate in small groups in a series of grade-level workshops that address the topic in developmentally appropriate ways. Time will also be spent on helping students understand processes outlined in Lakeside’s harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct policy (see page 76 of the Family Handbook). 

The pilot program will include parent and guardian education. Upper School parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 7-8 p.m. that will allow parents and guardians to learn more about the sexual violence prevention curriculum in grades 9-12; consider how to engage students in conversations about sexuality, consent, and sexual violence prevention at home; and discover resources for further learning. A link to RSVP for this webinar was emailed to families Monday, Sept. 27. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the parents and guardians webpage after the event.