School Climate

four girls smilingSchool climate has a major impact on students, shaping their experiences within the school walls and their chances for educational success. School climate can either reinforce negative influences or help students grow, learn and graduate. Some schools have already committed to improving school climate and school-based health centers make a logical partner in this commitment, for their focus on student wellness and their potential to lead systemic school-wide change. The presence of a school-based health center has an overall stabilizing effect on a school and they can bring administrators, staff, students and families together to create a positive school climate that fosters learning and curtails school dropout.

A positive school climate fosters social, emotional and physical safety; student, parent and teacher engagement; positive attitudes about learning and collective responsibility for the school and school environment.