Violence prevention and school success are priorities at Chapman, and the students benefit from a variety of prevention programs that are designed to give them the skills they need to be successful interpersonally as well as academically.
The Second Step violence prevention program is offered weekly in all of the kindergarten to third grade classrooms and in several of the upper grade classrooms. The lessons are provided by the school psychologist and a child guidance aide who spend from 20 to 35 minutes a week per class delivering lessons in empathy, problem solving, impulse control, and anger management through discussions and role playing. The program was made possible through grant funds provided by the early mental health initiative (EMHI).
The primary intervention program (PIP) is also available at Chapman elementary, and is also funded by EMHI. Selected students in grades kindergarten to third grade spend 30 minutes per week for 12 weeks in the PIP playroom with a 'special friend', a trained child guidance aide. PIP helps students bond with school and become comfortable with the school experience, particularly students who are undergoing transitions, are shy, or have other stressors.