A recent survey conducted by YouthTruth revealed that only 1 in 3 students had positive feedback in terms of school culture. The data was collected from more than 80,000 students in grades six through 12 over a three year time period.
The survey also revealed:
- Students recognize their peers are less respectful to adults than adults are to them.
- Only 37% of middle school students rated school culture positively.
- Less than half of students feel that discipline at their school is fair.
- Only 30% of high school students rated school culture positively.
What does this mean? Well, school culture is built on a foundation of respect and positive relationships that contribute to a positive school climate.
A large amount of research shows that when schools focus on improving school climate, they see a lot of positive outcomes, including:
Many say effective school communication is at the heart of creating a positive school culture. Keeping parents, students and staff members engaged in what is going on in the school ensures the entire community feels connected.
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