Sample Curricula


Project Respect uses a curriculum called Choosing the Best. This curriculum is consistent with Title V Federal guidelines for abstinence-centered, sexual risk avoidance education. A 2023 analysis of data gathered in an earlier independent study of Choosing the Best demonstrated that students receiving the Choosing the Best curriculum had a statistically significant reduction in sexual initiation at both the shorter-term and long-term follow-up. Specifically, students who received Choosing the Best were 25% less likely to begin having sex by the
end of 9th grade and 12% less likely to begin having sex by the beginning of 10th grade, compared to control group students who did not receive CTB. The published Choosing the Best curriculum ranges from 6 days to 8 days, depending on grade level. We at Project Respect we have adapted the curriculum to fit within the confines of a 5-day program at each grade level.


Middle School Programs


Choosing the Best WAY
Grade 6. Created for lower middle school students, this curriculum gives students age-appropriate insight into what’s happening to their changing bodies and emotions, explores healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and teaches delaying sex as the best WAY.

In 6th grade classes, we have age-appropriate conversations about the consequences of risky behaviors such as teen sex, underage drinking, and drug use. However, the majority of the week is spent considering how to make good decisions and be a good friend. We also have a brief conversation about sexual abuse, letting the students know that no one should be touching them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable, and that they can always let a teacher know if something is going on.


Choosing the Best PATH
Grade 7.
This dynamic curriculum captivates middle school students. Assertiveness training engages students in learning how to say “NO” to at-risk sexual activity and “YES” to healthy relationships and sexual delay.

In 7th grade classes, we discuss the potential consequences of teen sexual activity—teen pregnancy, STIs, and emotional consequences. Students identify these risks and identify abstinence as the best way to avoid them. We discuss different sources of pressure in their lives (such as media, peers, curiosity, etc.) and talk about setting boundaries to protect their health.

Choosing the Best LIFE
Grade 8. Developed for upper middle school students, this high impact program engages the heart as well as the head, teaching students that sexual delay is the best choice for a healthy LIFE.

In 8th grade classes, we discuss the benefits of abstinence until marriage and the potential consequences for those who make risky decisions. With an emphasis on mental and emotional health, we empower students to make choices they will feel proud of, not look back on with regret. Up-to-date information about STIs and teen pregnancy are provided to help students weigh the risk of their choices about sex. We also discuss the difference between love and infatuation, encouraging students to set boundaries to delay sexual activity in middle and high school relationships.


High School Program

Choosing the Best JOURNEY
Grades 9-10. Targeting lower high school students, this inspiring curriculum motivates students to set goals, make good decisions, and develop healthy relationships. The benefits of delaying sex allow students to continue on their best JOURNEY.

In high school classes, we discuss holistic health with students. We encourage them to explore how their physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and financial health could be impacted by their choices about sex. Relevant STI and teen pregnancy information is shared, and students are encouraged to make an abstinence until marriage choice for their own personal reasons. We also discuss the influence that media has on their choices about risky behaviors, acknowledging that what we see in movies, social media, and music lyrics is not always accurate with reality. Our presenters also share a brief, age-appropriate conversation about the harmful effects of pornography (for more information, visit Students end the week by identifying where they draw their physical boundary line and discussing how to set firm boundaries.

Why Choosing the Best Works:

Choosing the Best utilizes the following five keys to effective abstinence-centered, sexual risk avoidance and relationship education:

  • Motivational Learning Environment — Relatable presenters, in-depth discussions, classroom exercises and role-plays engage the students in learning.
  • Medical Learning Model — Medically accurate, current information on STDs, teen pregnancy and emotional consequences provides students with the facts they need to make the healthiest choices for their future..
  • Relationship Education and Refusal Skills — Verbal and non-verbal assertiveness training strengthens students’ confidence and ability to handle negative peer and relationship pressures.
  • Sexual Violence Prevention — In-depth discussions ensure students know how to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse and other forms of sexual violence, as well as how to get help if they or someone they know is a victim. Students also learn about consent.
  • Character Education — Each lesson challenges students to develop important traits such as self-respect, respect for others, compassion, honesty or courage.