School Climate, Student Success and the Role of School-Based Health Care


This brief outlines the under-appreciated impact of overall school climate on the health, safety, and educational outcomes of all students, not simply those students typically thought to be “problem” kids. School climate has been defined as “the quality and character of school life.” It encompasses the internal social norms, values, organization, and teaching and learning practices within the school. Among the considerations raised include the special vulnerability of young people to their environment, the length of time students spend in the school environment, and their self-perceived lack of power to make changes in a negative situation.

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