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Campus Culture

Prospect Ridge Academy staff and student are proud of the welcoming community that flourishes across our K-12 campus. The relatively small school allows students to develop lasting relationships with one another, as well as providing ample opportunities for staff and students to develop strong working relationships. Differences among us enhance intellectual inquiry, expand understanding, and deepen empathy.

Elementary
At the Elementary School, students and staff actively follow the tenets of Positive Discipline, which focuses on the positive points of behavior, based on the idea that there are no bad children, just good and bad behaviors. According to Positive Discipline advocate and author, Jane Nelsen, “By involving children in making decisions about the things that affect them in the classroom, incorporating their suggestions into the class, and utilizing their ideas as valuable resources in problem solving, both social and academic, we return to children a sense of agency and begin to transform their basic relationship with the school.”

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Another tool that significantly shapes the culture of PRA is Core Virtues, a literature-based character education program. Each month the school focuses on a single Core Virtue (i.e. Respect & Responsibility, Diligence, Gratitude). Students participate in a classroom lesson on the Core Virtue, participate in a character assembly that highlights to Core
Virtue,
and the Core Virtue is incorporated into classroom activities.

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Secondary
At the Middle and High School, students and staff actively participate in Restorative Justice, a revolutionary program based on respect, responsibility, relationship-building and relationship-repairing. It focuses on mediation and agreement rather than punishment. It aims to keep kids in school and to create a safe environment where learning can flourish. Restorative Practices in Schools have the potential to offer negative leaders reason enough and structure enough to step into positive leadership roles inside and outside of the classroom.

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The secondary character education program is based on the successful “8 Keys of Excellence” model, a program that “guides young people toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, teamwork, leadership and valuable life principles.” During Access and Peaks classes, students focus on one of the 8 Keys of Excellence (i.e. Integrity, Flexibility, Ownership), which are also integrated into school and classroom activities.

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