Developmental Asset #24: Bonding to School

Adolescents are more likely to do well if they care about their school. If they have a sense of ownership and pride in belonging to their school, they will be more invested in learning and achieving. If you are a Phoenix family, we hope you and your kids feel as proud as we are to be part of a caring community that champions choice in education and provides innovative programs to suit your child’s needs as an individual. Of course, Phoenix teens don’t spend nearly as much time on site as do teens attending traditional school, but here are some ways you can help them feel connected to our school community.


  1. We have T-shirts for sale. Ask Sherry at the front desk. Get them for your whole family – you’re all in this together!


  1. Participate in school events whenever you can, as a family. Here at Phoenix we offer many fun opportunities to bond with the school community. For example, at the end of each theme in our Creation studio we hold a Feast – a delicious three-course meal to celebrate the theme. Themed classes are only for Grades 1-6, so if you have an older child, Feasts are a good opportunity for them to enjoy the stunning artwork and design that goes into our prized Creation Studio, and the food is always great. We hold social events specifically for teens throughout the school year, like bowling or miniature golf (details in the Teen Program Guide). Over the summer, we have special community events every Thursday at lunch hour, including our famous Chili Cookoff. This school, more than most schools, is about more than just classes.


RECOMMENDED READING: Engaging Every Parent! Encouraging Families to Sign On, Show Up, and Make a Difference by Nancy Tellett-Royce and Susan Wootten.


Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development, known as Developmental Assets, that help adolescents to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Visit us here every Wednesday to read about different ways that you, your family, and your community can take action to help equip our young people develop resilience and achieve success in life.