According to the American Educational Research Association, schools with a better school climate tend to decrease absenteeism, suspensions, substance abuse, and bullying. A positive school climate is seen as a place where the staff and students can feel comfortable and safe in school, as well as feeling welcomed overall.
A positive school climate also increases the chances of a student reaching academic achievement and improves their motivation to learn. In some cases a positive school climate can help kids face problems that come from home, but it is no secret that creating a positive school climate is a difficult task for staff, teachers, and principles. As the students also have a mind of their own, often teachers find it very difficult to figure out how to help students.
A negative school climate is almost the complete opposite- a higher increase of failure to academic achievement, increases in bullying, dropouts, and it could be a bad experience for students mentally. Studies have shown that over 19% percent of high school students have admitted to considering committing suicide and 9% have attempted it.
Bullying victims are 9 times more likely to commit suicide than non-victims. A study completed by ABC News suggested that nearly 30 percent of students are bullies or victims of bullies and 160,000 students stay home each year because of fear from bullying.
Achieving a positive school climate is not easy, but also not impossible. In 2007, the National School Climate Council made a list on what they think makes a positive school climate such as norms, values, safety, engagement, respect, and more. They also believe that each person should contribute to the school environment. Their finding, which are available on their website, could provide a road map for local school districts to follow while striving for a healthy school climate.