The Social Institute: Life Skills for the Modern World

The Social Institute is an online learning platform that leads students and teachers through gamified lessons that reinforce character strengths like empathy, integrity, and teamwork while using the framework of social media and technology. Lessons focus on student wellbeing and allow students and faculty to discuss topics such as presenting the best version of yourself online, using online platforms to be a positive force in the world, protecting your privacy, balancing your digital life with real life, and handling the pressure that students face. 
The Social Institute is used monthly in sponsor groups or homerooms and also used throughout the year during Freshmen Foundations, Sophomore Seminar, and Junior and Senior Leadership classes. These lessons allow students and teachers in small, trusting groups to have honest conversations about the pressure of student life and the impact of technology on students. Each lesson generates essential feedback for the school on how students interact with the topic and areas where they may struggle. This data has helped to inform future sessions and has helped share important insight into the students’ digital experience and emotional response to that experience.


Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
GRADES 9 – 12
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves over 850 boys in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved.