Standard 5 (Experience of the Students)

The school actively considers individual students and has developed plans, policies, programs, and pedagogy to nurture, support, and encourage all students to reach their potential and to participate in the life of the school.

Suggested Indicators:

5.a.    The school recognizes differences within the student body such as gender, learning style or ability, race, age, ethnicity, family background, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and religious practice, and actively responds to students’ and adults’ positive or negative experiences.  

5.b.    Time is made available on a regular basis for teachers to plan together and to discuss students (both individuals and groups).

5.c.    Time is made available on a regular basis for teachers to learn ways in which their backgrounds help and/or hinder their ability to work with students, parents, and other adults in the community.

5.d.    There is a procedure in place to assess and report on how individual students are meeting the goals of the program with regard to both personal and academic growth.

5.e.    There is a process in place to see how the school’s program needs to change to reflect the diversity of cultural experiences and to identify adults and/or students who will need additional support to function effectively in a pluralistic environment.

5.f.     Resources are available to faculty (in-school or through outside consultants) to assist in identifying and meeting the needs of individual students.

5.g.    There is a process in place to identify students who might benefit from a modification of the program.

5.h.    There is a process in place to identify students for whom the school is inappropriate and a supportive process for counseling those students.

5.i.     Counseling, advising, and guidance procedures and personnel address the needs of the students.

5.j.     College or school placement counseling, as applicable, addresses the needs of the students.

5.k.    Information is systematically gathered regarding students’ experience at the school and is used to inform program planning.

5.l.     The school promotes an equitable, just, and inclusive community that inspires students to respect and value diversity and to be active and responsible citizens, and has ways to insure that this objective is met.

5.m.   The school assures that, if students take or the school offers online courses, the design and delivery of the online courses meet the needs of the students and support student-to-student and student-to-faculty interactions.