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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.


  1. Strolin-Goltzman, J 2010, “The Relationship Between School-Based Health Centers and the Learning Environment”, Journal of School Health, vol. 80, no. 3, pp. 153-159.
  2. Education Week. National Graduation Rate Rebounds; 1.2 Million Students Still Fail to Earn Diplomas. http://www.edweek.org/media/diplomascount2011_pressrelease.pdf. Published June 7,  2011. Accessed August 10, 2011.
  3. Balfanz, R., et al. (March 2014). Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the
    High School Dropout Epidemic. Americas Promise Alliance, 2014 update. http://new.every1graduates.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/BGN_2014_Report.pdf. Accessed May 1, 2014.