Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Ondine Gage


Elementary students, their peers, and teachers today are being affected by emotional and behavioral issues that some students struggle with at school. In order to understand why it is affecting their academic achievement and mental health, this report answers the following research questions to investigate how these problems affect schools, classrooms, and teachers, as well as what appears to be contributing factors to this problem, and what are some of the solutions. In review of the literature on preventions and interventions placed at elementary schools the research shows that frameworks such as The Multi-tiered System of Supports, and the incorporation of Mindfulness for both students and teachers are great and beneficial for schools to adopt into the curriculum. This report investigates approaches for addressing the mental health of elementary school students. In researching the overall role that schools may play in the lives of children with emotional and behavioral issues. Based on the findings, the recommendation of having a school psychologist with the appropriate amount of students to support, prevention/interventions in schools, and a positive mindset are ways that could help students with behavioral and emotional problems develop positive mental health and academic achievement.