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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Visitacion Valley Middle School

Grades 6-8 | San Francisco, CA

Daily Meditation: A Bold Approach to Reducing Student Stress

Student behavior improved after implementing meditation techniques to relax students, promote a sense of well-being, and foster more-positive interactions.

What this School is Achieving

Visitacion Valley Middle School first introduced Quiet Time (QT), a stress-reduction program as an optional activity, in the spring of 2007. The program consists of two periods, 15 minutes each in the morning and afternoon, when students may choose to sit quietly or meditate.

Since starting the Quiet Time intervention, this school has achieved the following:

BEHAVIORS

  • 50% reduction in suspensions
  • 65% reduction in truancy 

ACADEMICS

  • .5% increase in overall grade point average

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