In DPS, schools focus on more than academics to ensure graduates are truly prepared for college and career. DPS focuses on supporting the Whole Child – meaning students are challenged, engaged, supported, safe, healthy, and socially and emotionally intelligent – and is one of the first districts in the nation to attempt to define its Whole Child focus by gathering data via the Whole Child Student Survey that shows whether schools are making progress in these critical areas.
The 2016-17 Whole Child Student Survey results revealed very positive overall responses for all six Whole Child components, showing that schools are investing their time and energy into supporting their students beyond just their academic learning.
DPS offers complimentary breakfast to all students, every day. Last year, middle and high school students reported eating breakfast regularly; this year, students reported a 6% and 8% increase, respectively, in eating breakfast each day. In the 2016-17 school year, DPS served over 35,000 breakfast meals each day – a 50% increase from four years ago.
“Our support for the whole child is stronger than it has ever been,” said Superintendent Boasberg. “In 2016, voters approved funding to support the whole child in each and every DPS school. We know, as educators and as parents, that supporting our children as whole children is inexplicably linked to their academic success. Bruce Randolph Middle School is a shining example of a school that has fully committed to supporting the whole child – and their student survey results reflect those commitments.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, DPS celebrated the Whole Child student survey results at Bruce Randolph School with students who are active on the school’s Values Council to speak to the positive responses of their peers, of whom:
“[My] teachers not only let me face challenges by myself, but help me understand them,” said Bruce Randolph eighth-grader and Values Council student Lorraine Smith. “For example, Mr. Hanna, our restorative approaches coordinator and Values Council teacher, has helped me understand other people’s points of view and perspectives and let me see how it is to become an adult and how to talk to people if there is a problem outside of school.”
“What Whole Child means to me is being emotionally, physically and mentally stable in our school,” added fellow Values Council student Monica Barron. “Values Council helps students self-direct themselves onto the right path when they have a problem with a teacher or a peer. Of all the schools I’ve been to, I really feel at home at Bruce Randolph. I love it here.”