Improving School Climate

Improving School Climate by Involving Family and Community


School leaders identify school safety as one of the most pressing challenges they face today. But how can you measure and address the factors related to school climate and safety and the effect it has on students?

One way is by creating and maintaining two-way communication with families. Ask them to help you and make improving school climate a team effort.

  • Maintain open communication channels with parents and families.
  • Host events that foster family involvement in their students’ schooling.
  • Be alert to, and seek to avoid/minimize, strategies or practices that may be in opposition to any cultural values or beliefs families may hold.

Other strategies that can improve school climate include:

  • Build Faculty Trust and Collaboration
  • Provide SEL: Social Emotional Learning
  • Focus on Equity
  • Revisit Student Discipline
  • Tap Student Voice and Leadership

Download Our eBook and Explore All Six Strategies

School climate has a critical impact on school success, but sometimes we don’t pay enough attention to school climate in comparison to other factors, like test scores.

This eBook focuses on new research from ACT experts that examines how school climate (student perceptions of school safety and relationships with school personnel) varies by school characteristics (e.g., school size, poverty concentration), as well as how school climate affects academic performance, absenteeism, and suspension from school.