George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Wings Program

Grades K-5 | Charlestown, SC

Social and Emotional Learning After School

The WINGS program at Chicora Elementary in South Carolina demonstrates a promising niche for social and emotional lessons: after school.
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What This School Is Achieving


WINGS is an education organization that teaches kids how to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships.

WINGS is gathering data on its hundreds of alumni to gauge the program's overall effect. Meanwhile, there are positive signs. In the first class of WINGS students, a small group of 18 who entered the program in 1999, the high school graduation rate was 40 percent higher than among their non-WINGS peers.

Anecdotally, teachers report that WINGS students behave and perform better during the regular school day.

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