We believe that discipline is an opportunity to shepherd the child’s heart and help him or her grow in Christlike character and greater maturity. We recognize that the root of discipline is disciple
, which reminds us of Jesus’ close followers and how they learned from him. In this spirit, discipline is generally best handled by the classroom teacher with whom the student has a personal relationship. At times, as part of strong school-home partnership, asking parents to join the process is helpful and important.
Along with this philosophy, AACS utilizes thoughtful engaging experiences, proactive planning, and clearly defined rules and procedures to increase student cooperation in the classroom. When necessary, logical, age appropriate consequences are given in response to misbehavior. When relationships are damaged as the result of misconduct, a restorative practice is implemented to repair the wrong that has been done. Learning to ask for and accept forgiveness is an important part of discipline at AACS, as well as experiencing love and forgiveness within the discipline process.
For more serious or repeated situations, the head of school, lead teachers, or other administrators may need to be involved to address the problem or apply more serious consequences. The AACS Student Parent Handbook outlines these steps for our families.