Friends School's approach to classroom management is based on a social curriculum that helps us to create a safe, productive, academically challenging school environment, rooted in the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and service. Our social curriculum is inspired by the book, Teaching Children to Care: Classroom Management for Ethical and Academic Growth, K-8 by Ruth Sidney Charney and on the Responsive Classroom approach to community building in schools.
Friends School students participate each fall in a comprehensive, faculty-guided, rule-making process. After rule making is complete, teachers use proactive modeling to help the students learn the skills and language they need to be able to function as caring, responsible school citizens. Teachers look for opportunities to observe our students making good choices and use positive, affirming feedback to reinforce responsible behavior. This process fosters social competence and encourages students to be productive and caring members within our school community and beyond.