Mission & vision
Student behavior & conduct
Safety & security
Use or overuse of technology
Diversity & inclusion
Openness of communication
Parent partnerships such as PTA
Student awards and honors
Student-led clubs and activities
Student leadership roles
Peer mentoring programs
Partnerships with other schools
Exchange programs with foreign schools
Community service projects
Governance & oversight
Myths & legends
Level of trust
Style of teaching and learning
Professional code of ethics
Recess and play
Educational excursions and trips
International exchange programs
Teacher development, evaluations and opportunities for advancement
SymbolsSymbols such as colors, logos, fashion, places and people. For example, a school uniform or building with unique and compelling architecture.
StoriesInformation and myths that give the school an interesting character.
LegacyThe history of a school such as a list of graduates who went on to do great things.
LanguageElements of language that are unique to a school such as slogans, terms and slang.
TraditionsTraditions such as unique ways of celebrating accomplishments.
HabitsHabits such as an environment where being late for class is taken seriously.
ExpectationsExpectations in areas such as student conduct and professional diligence. For example, the expectation that faculty prepare for lessons and not just wing it.
MethodsEducational methods such as a system of student leadership.
EtiquetteConventions of polite behavior that exist between faculty and students.
EthicsThe ethical climate of a school.
ComraderyStudents and faculty who identify with the school and feel a sense of belonging and community.
LoyaltyStudents and faculty who feel a sense of allegiance and duty to a school.
ToneThe overall atmosphere of a school. For example, a school that embraces tradition and discipline versus a school that embraces change and creativity.
SummaryThe following are the basic types of school culture.
OverviewSchool culture includes all intangible elements of the school experience that give a school its character.
|Overview: School Culture
The intangible qualities of a school that give it a unique character.
The norms and shared experiences that evolve over school's history.