The school culture is the single most important element under-girding the achievement of all students. GTH instills in students not only skills, but habits and behavior. The Principal oversees the development and maintenance of the school culture, and the Deans of Students are primarily responsible for student discipline.
Ensuring positive conduct and a culture of achievement is essential to improved student learning and achievement. Similar to other high-performing charter high schools, Green Tech High reinforces a value system of high expectations beginning with the general requirement that all the students must be gentlemen by behaving responsibly and honestly, focusing on learning and achievement, and showing kindness and respect to adults, other students, themselves, and school property. These “non-negotiable” manifest themselves in the school building by students attending class on time, ready to learn; studying and reading continuously; following the dress code; knowing and doing all assigned homework; and turning off and putting away all electronic devices while in school; to name a few.
Building school culture entails character development which will be taught and discussed throughout the day as teachers work to build a classroom environment that not only censures disorderly behavior but also anticipates and prevents it with systems and routines practiced and enforced consistently at the school. The school implements regular reminders of the behavior and character traits that are valued. Students gather in advisory groups as part of the beginning of each day or periodically in school-wide assemblies, to hear their peers and their teachers encourage and reward behavior.
Attendance is crucial to all of our students’ success at Green tech High. Students that miss several days cannot master the content and skills of our rigorous academic program. A student marked absent for the day cannot participate in any extracurricular activity that day.