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At the Arlington School, we believe that growth is possible for every student, that learning renews self-worth, and that our students can overcome the challenges that impede their success. Discovery, flexibility, empathy, respect, acceptance, patience, and courage are the core values of our learning community.
We aim always to be organized and clear in presenting material, to offer flexibility and variety in the curriculum, and always to be encouraging and patient.
Teachers at the Arlington School commit to loving their subject and continuing to learn it, and generating enthusiasm to make learning exciting. We emphasize each student’s strengths and strive to present educational options that play to those strengths. Also, we address the student where he or she is, not where we feel he or she should be. We recognize all forms of success and progress, behavioral or academic.
We respond with understanding, respect, humility, forgiveness, persistence, and a belief in each student. Because we expect that teachers and staff will experience student behavior that is abrasive, disruptive, or hostile, we always attempt to be empathetic and understanding of the students’ feelings and impulses, while making clear our expectations.
We know that not all behaviors deserve our tolerance, but each has a cause. We are always respectful of the person, even when we are critical of their behavior, and we listen to what the student is telling us, verbally or non-verbally, and attempt to understand it before we act.
In a touchy or volatile situation in the classroom, we intentionally ignore the hidden agenda wherever possible, use humor (not sarcasm) or a moment of silence to defuse the situation, continue as if nothing has happened, and address the incident later with the student privately or with clinical staff. When we are wrong, we apologize. We always accept students’ apologies and reparations, and we never give up on a student or on the possibility of that student’s progress.
The Arlington School is committed to providing a safe learning environment, free from bullying and cyber-bullying. This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive efforts to promote learning and to prevent and eliminate all forms of harmful and disruptive behavior that can impede the learning process.
We understand that many students who enroll at Arlington School have already been the targets of bullying, harassment, or teasing. We take steps to create a safe, supportive environment for our vulnerable population within our school community and provide all students with the skills and strategies to prevent or respond to bullying, harassment, or teasing.
We will not tolerate any unlawful or disruptive behavior—including any form of bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation—in our school buildings, on school grounds, or at school-related activities.
We will investigate promptly all reports and complaints of bullying, cyber-bullying, and retaliation, and take prompt action to end that behavior and restore the target’s sense of safety.
We will support this commitment in all aspects of our school community, including curricula, instructional programs, staff development, extracurricular activities, and parent or guardian involvement.
The Arlington School Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan is a comprehensive approach to addressing bullying and cyber-bullying, and we are committed to working with students, staff, families, law enforcement agencies, and the community to prevent issues of violence. The school director or a designee is responsible for the implementation and oversight of this plan.
You can find the plan in the Publications section, or you can ask our office for a copy.