What is school climate?
     School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students', parents' and school personnel's experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures.A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and learning necessary for a productive, contributing and satisfying life in a democratic society. This climate includes:
    • Norms, values and expectations that support people feeling socially, emotionally and physically safe.
    • People are engaged and respected.
    • Students, families and educators work together to develop, live and contribute to a shared school vision.
    • Educators model and nurture attitudes that emphasize the benefits and satisfaction gained from learning.
    • Each person contributes to the operations of the school and the care of the physical environment.

    (This definition of school climate and a positive, sustained school climate were consensually developed by the National School Climate Council that NSCC co-leads with the Education Commission of the States.)