Why a Positive School Climate Matters

While students learn in all different ways — visually, auditorily, kinesthetically, or a combination of sorts — it’s important for each student to be able to learn in a positive and comfortable environment.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, on average, students spend between six to seven hours per day and roughly 180 days per year at school — and this doesn’t even include their participations in athletics and other extracurricular activities. With so much of their time during their childhood and adolescent years spent on their campuses, it’s essential that they are within atmospheres that don’t cause their emotions to be wrought with fears, anxieties, and extra stress.

School climate, as defined by the National School Climate Center, is the “quality and character of school life” and is a direct reflection of the overall values and patterns of the organization as a whole. In order for a positive climate to be achieved, the school must allow students to feel safe (socially, emotionally, and physically) and respected and to be confident that they are valuable contributors to a collective schoolwide effort.

Both students and parents alike want to be assured that the school is a place where the students will know that the teachers and administrators are making their best efforts to ensure all students are protected and cared for. This includes safety measures to help keep students from any physical harm, and it also includes initiatives to allow students’ emotions to be put at ease.

Many schools have incorporated anti-bullying campaigns on their campuses to curb the issue of students mistreating their peers, and organizations such as No Bully have been created to assist in various campuses’ efforts to do so. One Fairmont Anaheim Hills student even created her own app to help other students who find themselves in bullying situations like that of her own.

Positive environments also create supportive cultures that help to foster growth for individual students. When students are part of encouraging and uplifting atmospheres, they are more likely to have happier dispositions and believe in themselves to be able to achieve the goals they set out for themselves.

Samir Nurmohamed, an assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, pointed out that encouragement leads to empowerment because individuals who receive it feel both guided and independent. Students in conducive environments are then more apt to pave their own paths and feel like they are well-equipped enough to do so.

Fairmont Private Schools offers a welcoming and inspiring community in which students are able to build their levels of self-confidence and pursue their passions. Learn more about the positive school climate Fairmont provides and how an education at Fairmont can benefit your student.

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