School Culture is the shared ideas, assumptions, values and beliefs, that give a district its identity and standard for expected behaviors. School Climate characterizes the organization at the school building and classroom level. Can vary from school to school within the same district. School Culture vs. School Climate
Is evident in the feelings and attitudes about a school expressed by students, teachers, staff and parents.
The way students and staff “feel” about being at school each day.
The personality of your school
Positive vs. Toxic
What is School Climate?
School Climate is directly linked to School Success in the Secondary Level as evident by: · 38% of ninth and tenth grade drop-outs indicated a lack of clear rules and expectations · 75% indicated a lack of motivation and school connectedness · Two strong predictors of students not passing their freshman year are poor attendance and a high number of office referrals Why Address School Climate?
· Student lead tours of incoming students · Student presentations at open house, interim and report card pick-up nights · Create a school “specialty” · Teacher – Student projects · Weekly Meetings · Community Service Projects · Student Focus Group / Student PLC · Student Advisory Committee · Mentor/Advisor- Check In- Check Out · Celebration what you value!!!! School Climate at the Secondary Level