Social Pragmatics

The Social Pragmatics program at Greenwood School helps students learn essential social skills and build rich social relationships.

The Challenge


Some students have difficulty making and keeping friends and do not experience the full richness of social relationships.  Examples of typical social weaknesses include aspects of conversational skills (interrupting, active listening, tone/pace/volume of voice), misinterpreting non-verbal cues like body language or facial expressions, or higher level social cognition skills such as conflict resolution, relationship intensity, and understanding the language of emotions.  There are many complex and nuanced intuitive rules of social interaction that can present challenges . . . especially during the middle and high school years.

The Greenwood Approach

With strength of social relationships being the number one predictor of adult happiness, and with our boarding environment providing teachers with powerful and contextual opportunities for teachable moments outside the classroom, Greenwood has an explicit focus on social skill development.  Our Social Pragmatics Specialists offer 1:1 and small-group tutorials to help students modify behavior and learn to make choices based on comprehension of complex social interactions.