Behavior Shaping Policy

Part of the preparation of the environment for the child’s learning involves the establishment of ground rules of human behavior.  This provides the limits for the group and for the individual.

The ground rules at EACMSI are simple and all encompassing:

  • Respect yourself
  • Respect others
  • Respect the environment

The goal of EACMSI behavior shaping is to:

  • Balance the freedom and responsibility of the individual with the need for cooperation, order, restraint, and goodwill within the group.
  • Provide an environment where young people will experience encouragement, affirmation, and community, as well as expectations of personal responsibility.
  • Ensure each student’s physical and psychological safety.
  • Enable each student to develop a high standard of moral integrity through gradual growth in self-discipline and personal responsibility.
  • Maintain a high standard for student behavior that reflects positively on self, family, and school.
  • Nurture each student with loving firmness, respect, and fairness.
  • Grow students into mature, responsible adults

In the event that a student fails to meet the expectations above, the following describes our usual approach and protocol when working with students as they develop and internalize self-discipline:

During the first 6 weeks of school all students are systematically taught how to meet expectations specific to their developmental stage and experience. During this time teachers teach, re-teach, re-direct and facilitate.

If, after this intensive instruction, students continue to deviate from desired behavior, we ask them to pause all activity until they are able to follow the directions being given. If misbehavior continues, the child is sent to the office. The child proposes a new solution with the support of an Administrator. The incident is recorded in our Behavior Record to impress upon the student the seriousness of the situation.

The next time the same misbehavior occurs, the child fills out a form which is brought home for parents to sign, and a meeting is scheduled with parents, teachers and Laura or Anne.  If the child is involved in a further incident of the same nature, they call their parent or care-giver and must leave school for the remainder of the day.  Child and adult together process the issue, look at solutions that have not worked and come up with a new solution that holds promise.

An 8:45 am meeting with Laura or Anne, the child, the child’s teacher and the parent is called for the following day. During this “re-entry meeting”, the child describes the incident, explains why it was problematic, and articulates a plan to avoid making the same error going forward.

When a child has broken a rule during our After School program they are asked to correct the behavior. If unable to do so, or the behavior is recurrent, the student will be asked to miss a day of After School in order to work with parents on behavior shaping. If the problem persists, the child may be asked to leave the After School program.

The school expects parental cooperation in all aspects of their student’s life at EACMSI. All rules apply while on our campus either before, during or after school, and at all times on school outings.