The National School Climate Center defines school climate as "the quality and character of school life." (NSCC, 2020). It is based on patterns of school life experiences encountered by students, parents, community members and school personnel. School climate is also shaped by norms, goals, values, relationships, teaching practices, learning practices, and the organizational structure of the school building. School connectedness is a powerful indicator and predictor of academic outcomes.

At Scottsbluff Public Schools, we strive to sustain a postive school climate that fosters youth development and the learning necessary for a productive, satisfying and contributing life in our democratic society. A positive school climate includes:

  • Norms, values and expectations that support individuals feeling safe emotionally, physically, socially and mentally;
  • Engaged and respected students and staff;
  • Students, families, educators and community stakeholders working together to support the school's vision;
  • Educators modeling and nurturing attitudes which emphasize the benefits and satisfaction that can be achieved by learning;
  • All school community members contributing to the operation of the school and the care of its physical environment.

Why is School Climate Important?

  • Safety
    • Decreaces in risky behaviors;
    • Lower rates of discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions;
    • Social, emotional, mental and physical benefits.
  • Teaching and Learning
    • Improved academic outcomes among diverse student groups;
    • Improved graduation rates;
    • Increased motivation to learn;
    • Decreased abseenteeism.
  • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Improved student-teacher relationships;
    • Improved peer relationships;
    • Discipline practices are perceived as more fair;
    • Greater attachment to school.