( Culture and Community Culture Aurora Frontier is located in Aurora, Colorado. They teach students from Preschool all the way through graduation from their school in their eighth grade year. This creates a tight knit community that in my experiences, the staff and students tend to enjoy.
Their K-8 (newly P-8) school is described best on their website in this way:
"The K-8 experience is unique as it offers students smaller learning communities with fewer transitions. Our students have the opportunity to build relationships with our staff over a course of 9 years. They can maintain relationships with past teachers they feel most connected with, and seek them out when they need advice or support.
Our teachers collaborate and articulate within and across the grade levels, thereby increasing internal accountability through a seamless experience.
Parents of multiple children find it easier to attend school functions at one location and become increasingly connected with our school. Our middle grade students take on roles as protectors, tutors, and role models.
Staff members are able to see their influence as our students grow from small children into young adults." - http://frontier.aurorak12.org/school-info/frontiers-school-design/
Mission Statement To maximize the potential of every learner in a challenging, rigorous, encouraging, and diverse environment
Vision Statement Paving the road to college – every Aurora Frontier student proficient or beyond by 8th grade.
Demographic Characteristics Make sure school demographic information is included. Put the most recent available—this might be several years old. Classroom Environment and Art Classes Taught Describe the art room and art curriculum.
School-wide Policies for Management The main management technique was the SOAR program.
Supportive – Shown when someone is helping another and is helpful to others, Overcome – Shown when students are able to show their commitment to themselves and persevere through issues Accountable – Shown when students can take responsibility of themselves and their actions Respect – Shows care and is respectful of others' ideas, opinions, belongings, etc.
This is a positive behavior and support (PBiS) system. With this system in place they are rewarded with SOAR tickets which are earned by the staff witnessing the behaviors in students who go above and beyond with these four objectives. The teacher checks off one or more of the letters and writes a student name on the ticket and signs it, then handing it to the students who can turn them into a box in the hallway. Staff then hangs up the tickets in the hallway on a large, wall hanging for everyone to see. There are 500 spaces total. Once 500 of them are collected by the school in total, they take them off the wall and do a drawing of a few students at random, and those students get announced on the daily announcements and are able to come down to the main offices at the end of the day to collect their "Falcon 500" prize. The key to this being that if you have more than one SOAR ticket, you have a higher chance of being picked at random.