ERIC Number: ED256078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
School Climate: The Key to an Effective School.
Hopkins, Willard; Crain, Kay
Efforts to increase academic expectations and improve the school climate at Fairfield (Ohio) High School have resulted in a record high in ACT test scores, a decrease in failure and dropout rates, and a dramatic increase in attendance as well as in the percentage of students taking foreign languages, math, and science. Some policy changes implemented by the administration include: the elimination of early dismissal for seniors not involved in vocational work-study programs, an increased emphasis on homework, and involvement of parents in their child's scheduling conference. The school also developed a core curriculum for college-bound students and created a system for recognizing student academic achievement. Changes in school climate were effected by including students in decision-making processes with regard to areas that affected them: academics, discipline, student leadership roles, extracurricular participation, food service changes, initiation of community service, and public recognition for student achievements. The key to success at Fairfield seems to be a commitment of administration, staff, and students to work together toward an effective school. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (69th, New Orleans, LA, January 25-29, 1985).