At University Lake School as a college preparatory school, we often focus the bulk of our energy on academics. We emphasize writing skills, speaking skills and critical thinking skills. At ULS, we prepare for college entrance exams and cultivate research skills through a variety of independent study projects. Our focus on the above skills is appropriate for a college preparatory school and has offered great opportunities for ULS students. With that said, there is a skill set that is equally if not more important than the academically focused skills - Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence involves the skill of recognizing your feelings, understanding where they come from and learning how to deal with them. Research has shown that emotional intelligence or EQ “predicts over 54% of the variation in success (relationships, effectiveness, health, quality of life).” Additional data concludes that “young people with high EQ earn higher grades, stay in school, and make healthier choices. Learn a little more about emotional intelligence and how children develop this vital skill by reading the article below.
Why We Need to Teach Our Kids Emotional Intelligence