Social and emotional learning, student leadership, and social change are at the heart of Prospect Sierra School. The steps of listening and observing empathetically, defining a problem, coming up with ideas for solutions, building those solutions, and testing those solutions are engrained through the curriculum. For example, students learn how to listen to and understand the perspectives of other students through storytelling projects like “This P.S. Life” or a World War II interview project. They also define and understand problems through each grade’s service-learning projects and design solutions that are funded by the student council. Students have continued some of these projects beyond their graduation from Prospect Sierra or have taken what they learned at Prospect Sierra to create social ventures later in their lives.