The culture of a school’s community is one of the most essential elements to allowing students to feel comfortable enough to learn. During this school year, the 9th and 10th grade students at Noble Academy have been working towards the improvement of the high school culture. During their morning Skill Building time on Tuesdays, these students have been working through a progressive step-by-step process which allows them to affect real change on the high school culture.
Students began this journey by identifying all parts of Noble Academy’s high school culture. They spent time analyzing the language used, the events students attend, and the values individuals express. Each element of the culture was identified as positive, negative or neutral. From there, the entire group found six areas they felt change could be promoted.
Engaging Students in School Culture Improvement
These six areas have turned into student directed School Culture Improvement Committees. Each committee has been tasked to write a Problem Statement, brainstorm ideas for ways to improve their area of focus, create and implement an action plan, and reflect upon the success of their plan. Most groups currently have entered the brainstorming stage of the process and are making incredible progress to helping shape the school’s culture for the future.
Giving students the opportunity to create real change within the school has proven to ensure a happier, more engaged student body. The 9th and 10th graders are making an impact that will be felt in the school for many years to come.