Many of the students will attend a Catholic school — often the same school — from the time they are very young children until they are nearly adults. It is only natural that they should come to think of the school as an extension of their own homes, and therefore a “school-home” ought to have some of the amenities which can create a pleasant and happy family atmosphere.
—The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School
You’ve already chosen to become a part of the Catholic school family in the Archdiocese of Hartford, so you fully understand the value of a Catholic education, which lies in educating the whole person — mind, body, and soul. Our schools foster a culture of educational excellence through critical thinking skills, innovative and rigorous curriculum standards, a global perspective, and an emphasis on moral education, community, and service. Now, in this blog, we are going to focus on something we’ve only touched on in the past: the value of a positive school atmosphere.
Positivity Is in the Air
There have been numerous studies over the years that have proven that a good school culture positively impacts:
- Discipline rates
- Graduation rates
- Test scores
These findings come as no surprise as a positive culture stems from an atmosphere built on core religious values and ethics. It is mutual respect that fosters a safe environment for learning and relationships. In fact, the focus of a positive school climate is on students’ development rather than discipline. This is not to say that there are no rules in our schools — just the opposite. Catholic schools pride themselves on structure and we have the highest standards for our students academically and behaviorally. The combination of structure and positive climate have been leading our students to success for decades.
In the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, we don’t just encourage a positive environment, we’ve made it an essential component of our curriculum. To learn more, visit our page “Creating a Welcoming School Atmosphere.”
What are some ways you encourage your young learner to help foster a positive school atmosphere? Let us know on our social media.