Our Learning Environment

  • Positive school climates feature:

    • communities that are inviting and inclusive for all students, staff and families and foster success
    • established routines and procedures – clearly defined, communicated, and followed – in which positive behavior and mutual respect are evident
    • opportunities for students to see their personal and social identities – including their race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation – reflected in resources and materials
    • opportunities for students to share without control or judgement from a dominant voice or culture
    • student participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity including, but not limited to, intramural and interscholastic athletics
    • adults who understand and address the impact of trauma, mental health, poverty and homelessness on student learning
    • the use of Restorative Practices as one approach to build community and repair harm
    • the understanding that it takes time, habits and support to build and maintain positive relationships.
  • Learning spaces feature:

    • culturally relevant classroom materials, posters, bulletin boards and displays that represent multiple narratives
    • student access to facilities that best align with a student’s gender identity
    • flexible space for groups of different sizes and activities: small or large groups, quiet, active, etc.
    • 1:1 iPads, the Learning Management Systems, and other technology tools that help tailor instruction and support student voice and choice.