Students Speak Out

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School connectedness is particularly important for young
people who are at increased risk for feeling alienated
or isolated from others. Any student who is “different”
from the social norm may have difficulty connecting with
other students and adults in the school, and may be
more likely to feel unsafe. Those at greater risk for feeling
disconnected include students with disabilities, students
who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or question
their sexual orientation, students who are homeless, or
any student who is chronically truant due to a variety of


A Multilevel Investigation of the Association Between School Context and Adolescent Nonphysical Bullying
The Relationship Between School-Based Health Centers and the Learning Environment
National School Climate Center
Examining School Climate: Defining Factors and Educational Influences

School Climate

School Climate, Student Success and the Role of School-Based Health Care

For its combined short- and long-term effects on student health, well-being, and academic success, purposed measures must be taken to cultivate a positive school climate. School-based health centers make a logical partner in this commitment, for their focus on student wellness and their potential to lead systemic school-wide change.
The presence of a school-based health center has an overall stabilizing effect on a school and they can be a force to bridge administrators, staff, students and families in creating a positive school climate that fosters learning and curtails school dropout1. School-based health centers are at a physically and metaphorically critical point, within the school, to impact the quality and character of school life, or the school climate, for all students.

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  2. Education Week. National Graduation Rate Rebounds; 1.2 Million Students Still Fail to Earn Diplomas. Published June 7,  2011. Accessed August 10, 2011.
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    High School Dropout Epidemic. Americas Promise Alliance, 2014 update. Accessed May 1, 2014.
  4. CDC. Fostering School Connectedness: Improving School Health and Academic Achievement. Retrieved at: Accessed May 28, 2015.