“The healing social life is found, when, in the mirror of each human soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the strength of each one is living.”
—Rudolf Steiner, Founder, Waldorf Education
When choosing schools, parents look at curriculum, class size, recess time, homework policies, and many other details of their child’s future days in the classroom. Another factor many consider, for good reason, is the school community.

festivities and class meetings may seem ancillary to academics, research reveals that it is, in fact, a primary contributor to student success.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation meta analysis of 35 studies done on the relationship between community and parental involvement and student success found that vibrant, engaged school communities help children with motivation, behavior, social emotional learning and academics.

Author of the article and education researcher, Dr. Eric Schaps, says: “These benefits are often lasting. Researchers have found that the positive effects of certain community-building programs for elementary schools persist through middle and high school.”

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