Skills for Adolescence: Grades 6-8

Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence (SFA) supports educators in creating safe learning environments and teaching life skills to navigate the young adolescent years. The comprehensive curriculum and support materials brings school staff, families, communities, and young people together in a program that integrates social and emotional learning, character development, drug and bullying prevention, and service-learning for positive youth development. Thematic units and lesson plans are offered in flexible one-to-three year implementation options the support greater academic achievement.

The middle school years are the most rapid period of growth and development since infancy. SFA is designed to help middle school students, parents, and teachers cope with the physical, emotional, and social challenges of early adolescence. This extensive curriculum has been expanded to help students manage conflict and anger and to help teachers and administrators deal with the critical issue of bullying.

Skills for Adolescence (SFA) is based on highly targeted research of students in grades 6-8 and incorporates unique features that promote the success of young adolescents in school and life:

  • Integrated approach: Primary focus on teaching social and emotional competencies with targeted learning in drug and bullying prevention, character development, and service-learning
  • Curriculum manual with flexible implementation models: Universal curriculum with nine-week, semester, multi-year models
  • Scripted lesson plans: Easy-to-use, highly interactive, developmentally appropriate lessons that address young adolescents' needs
  • Skill practice: Lesson activities, energizers, schoolwide events, service-learning
  • Positive learning climate: Cooperative, collaborative, inquiry-based, practice-oriented, and reflective instructional practices and norms that promote SEL
  • Schoolwide approach: Builds a positive school climate and aligns with Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
  • Academic integration: Learning activities and instructional practices that support Common Core, Social Studies, and Health with curriculum maps and correlation guides
  • Thematic learning: Applications Across the Curriculum for each unit in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, Art, Physical Education/Health, Computer Science/Technology
  • Student Supports: Correlation guide available to guide use of the program with Response to Intervention (RTI) Tier 1 and Tier 2
  • Family and community engagement: Parent book, parent meetings guide, and materials for engaging parents and community members in; program implementation, as classroom resources, in schoolwide events, and as mentors in service-learning projects.
  • Onsite and online professional learning opportunities: Onsite and online workshops, technical assistance, toll-free phone support, and ongoing curriculum and resources updates.
  • Assessment tools: Modularized pre-and-post tests for each lesson unit for use with various implementation models.


Our 40-session "Introduction to Skills" implementation model was proven effective by a rigorous evaluation study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). All options, from one to three years, include one lesson per week taught as a 45-minute class or split into two 20-30 minutes classes. Three lessons per month are scheduled for a total of 30 lessons per school year. Unit coverage varies according to time frame.

  • Designed for flexible implementation, including stand-alone or integrated options from nine weeks to three years.
  • Includes 105 total lessons.
  • Curriculum is supported by correlation guides, curriculum maps, evaluation tools, and bullying-prevention lessons at

Link to SFA Products


Lions Quest Spotlight!
Lions Quest (LQ) continues to grow in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS). Multiple schools, including Eager Street Academy, a school for teens located within the Baltimore City Detention Center, are implementing the program during and after school. Interviews with BCPS teachers in January 2011 highlighted the overwhelmingly positive benefits, including creating safe and inviting school climates and increases in positive behavior. Eager Street Princpal Dr. James Scofield described the reductions in violence, teamwork and conflict resolution he's witnessed. "I think that Lions Quest has been a saving grace for many, many, many Baltimore City Public School children," he explained. Watch the BCPS Lions Quest video on the home page of this site to learn more!

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