School Climate

Behavior, Judgment, and Discipline 

"Amigos is a place where students are not afraid to express themselves…where teachers are open, honest and understanding…where it feels like family—you feel comfortable and loved.”
 Amigos 7th grade student, 2007

Creating a positive school climate is a priority at the Amigos School. Parents, administrators, teachers and students join together to identify and create a safe and nurturing environment physically, emotionally and academically at Amigos.

Members of the Amigos School community have the responsibility to treat one another with respect. If students observe disrespect, insults or intimidation, they are committed to act and get involved.

The Amigos Student Council works to create a climate of positive peer pressure, where bullying, harassment and put downs are not tolerated.

Teaching Positive School Climate 
about_us_content.jpgWe introduce our youngest students (JrK-8) to a “Responsive Classroom” curriculum which teaches an understanding and respect for a consistent code of conduct. Another curriculum at Amigos, “Discovering Justice,”  connects in-school ethics and rules to the greater society rules. In the early grades, children decide rules of behavior for their own classrooms. They are encouraged to practice positive social skills during their group morning meetings and throughout the day. Books are introduced and read which talk about key social issues such as playground fairness and bullying.

In the older grades (6-8), we are initiating formal training on Responsive Designs which offers an array of strategies designed to keep young people safe, connected, responsible and engaged in learning. We encourage teachers and staff to integrate students into the “solutions” whenever possible. This model is aimed at developing students social skills and self-discipline,  and encouraging students to be active members of their own community by respecting rules.

Amigos teachers are involved in all school climate efforts. Specific classes and opportunities for discussion are offered to teachers in:

  • Classroom Management
  • Non-biased (race, gender, learning styles) instruction
  • Developmental stages, including the middle years
  • Response to children in crisis