Because it works! A recent study demonstrated that, among students who received Get Real, 16% fewer boys and 15% fewer girls had sex compared to their peers who did not take Get Real.
Get Real is one of only a few middle school programs that reduces risky sexual behavior for BOTH boys and girls. Additionally, boys who completed the Get Real take-home activities in 6th grade were more likely to delay sex in the 8th grade than boys who did not complete these activities.
The Get Real middle school curriculum consists of 27 sequential lessons taught across the middle school years—9 lessons each in Grades 6, 7 and 8. The high school curriculum consists of 11 sequential lessons taught in Grade 9 or 10. Get Real is designed to delay sex and increase correct and consistent use of protection methods when a person becomes sexually active.
The Get Real curriculum is based on state and national frameworks that emphasize social and emotional learning skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. We have aligned both the middle school and high school curricula to the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT), which you can read about here. To see our alignment of the middle school curriculum to HECAT, click here. To see our alignment of the high school curriculum to HECAT, click here.
To see which National Sexuality Education Standards are met by the middle school curriculum, click here. To see which National Sexuality Education Standards are met by the high school curriculum, click here.
Visit our publisher ETR's website for more information about the curriculum and its evaluation.