School Climate

The connection between school climate and student achievement has been well established in research.  Focusing on the development of a campus’ climate as a learning environment is fundamental to improved teacher morale and student achievement (Nomura, 1999) and formally assessing and addressing school climate is essential to any schools’ effort toward successful reform, achievement and making a difference for underprivileged student groups (California P-16 council, 2008). Indicators of a positive school climate and welcoming learning environment are increased attendance and reduced discipline referrals. Increased attendance in extracurricular activities is another sign that students feel supported by an affirming school climate (Scales & Leffert, 1999).