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
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