The term "school culture" is often used interchangeably with "school climate" and "school environment," but the general meaning of all terms are students', parents' and school personnel's experience of school life and its associated norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures (according to the National School Climate Center).
A growing body of research has examined how these factors influence student learning. According to a school culture survey, almost 90% of teachers at schools with strong instructional cultures feel that their school sets higher standards compared to only about half at low-performing schools, and that they can track student progress towards goals compared to only 56% in the bottom quartile schools.
At Kickboard, we're always on the lookout for credible studies focused on the link between positive school culture and academics, interventions, and overall student success. In the spirit of getting us all on the same page, and sharing the results of some wonderful studies on the matter, below are 8 aspects of a positive school culture on which many researchers agree.
How many of these aspects does your school(s) exhibit every day? Check out our research brief to learn more valuable insights plus facts and figures from 14 key studies on this topic!