What does it mean to be a safe school? At The SAE School, the physical security of our students and staff are of utmost importance.
“Safe” has other meanings as well in an academic environment. We strive to create an environment that is not only physically safe, but one that is encouraging to students in their academic journey.
To foster long-term, meaningful and trusting relationships between teachers, students, and parents, and to provide another mechanism of academic, social and emotional support for students, Life Coaching Families are used beginning in the 5th grade and through a student’s graduation in the 12th grade.
Life Coaching Families
The Life Coaching Family joins one adult and a small group of 8-12 students at the beginning of every school day for 20-30 minutes. Students in a Life Coaching Family are grouped by grade level and by gender in most cases. Life Coaches function as the main contact for parents and aid students in all areas — identifying strategies for conflict resolution, assisting with class assignments, providing mentoring and social guidance, guiding students with the college process — basically helping kids through “life.” Additionally, the Life Coaching Family is the place where attendance is accounted for, competitions between classes take place, and will serve as the rallying point for everything that takes place in our school at these grade levels.
We begin Life Coaching Families at this juncture in a student’s academic career because it is arguably the most difficult stretch of time that a student encounters. Students are coming to terms with body image, puberty, and varying degrees of family issues. When students are expected to learn effectively and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at the same time as all these changes are taking place, the result is often feelings of being overwhelmed, unprepared and unsupported. At The SAE School, our Life Coaching Families model helps prevent that.
Life Coaching Families at The SAE School provide yet another adult who students can turn to in a time of need or crisis. They create a small group of peers that grows together and learns to rely, trust and support each other throughout a student’s attendance at our school.
“CS” Student Management
“CS” stands for Common Sense. As parents and educators, we believe strongly that the philosophy of Common Sense is critical for the success of our students. Too many times decisions are made because “that is how we have always done it” or “this is the way all schools do this.” By emphasizing “CS,” we are able to look at all aspects of a situation and make better decisions for our students.
Common Sense governs our school in a manner that makes the most sense for our own local community of students, parents, and educators. Seven (7) simple, straightforward and common sense principles guide our student management:
People make policies. Policies do not make people.
2. Every child is different, and every child will be treated fairly.
3. Students and parents are encouraged to respectfully question.
4. Disrespect by anyone is not tolerated, accepted or ignored.
5. The goal is to understand, not necessarily agreement.
6. Authority is never challenged in front of children/students.
7. Common sense will always prevail.
School Uniform Policy
The manner in which students dress clearly reflects the expectation of a school. A dress code is required of all students and students will dress in uniforms every day while at The SAE School.
Shirts, ties/scarfs and blazers are the minimum standard when representing the school on field trips or other off-campus excursions.
Research indicates there will be many positive results from our students wearing uniforms. Some of these includes:
- Improving classroom behavior, because they have a sense of safety
- Aiding in higher academic performance, because they feel safe in the learning environment
- Helping prevent school violence, especially in the form of stealing expensive and/or significant clothing and/or jewelry
- Leveling the socioeconomic playing field
- Providing a sense of community
- Building school pride
- Increasing students’ attention in class, because they are not concerned about what others are wearing and peer cattiness
- Making the school physically safer, because outsiders can be readily identified