The National School Climate Center Policy Map

A Dynamic Tool of Measurement for School Climate Policy By State.



The National School Climate Center examines five major areas that a school community can be evaluated on to assess their school climate. Each major category has a series of subcategories that can attest to the nature of a school’s climate and culture.  We do this as a protective factor that supports positive outcomes for young people.

As such, all schools should strive to: 

  • Improve and measure their school climate
  • Afford students a bright and prosperous future,
  • Allow them to become the best version of themselves that they can be.

Below you will find a closer look at existing policies implemented in states, districts, and schools across the nation. 

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Institutional environment derives from physical cleanliness, school inclusion (how students accept one another), and connectedness.

Teaching and Learning are constituted by supportive teaching practices, social and civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

Safety is comprised from the sense of both physical and verbal harm and adult intervention that is clearly communicated through rules and norms.

Social Media observes how students’ sense of safety from physical harm, verbal abuse/teasing, gossip, and exclusion when online or on electronic devices.

Interpersonal relationships aim at creating respect and diversity through mutual respect for all differences throughout school settings.

Policy Map