Discipline and Culture
Whether you're an adult or a kid at YES Prep North Central, you live in a culture of tough love. The educators around you -- be they teachers or colleagues -- want to help you excel, and they'll give you both shoves and hugs to achieve that goal. In matters of discipline, educators sweat the small stuff: Untucked shirts, missing school supplies, and crumpled homework are not allowed. They also take students' calls at night, and give them rides to school if needed. And messages on nearly every wall in the school emphasize that YES Prep wants its students to be more than obedient. The signs say, "We are all here to make a difference" and "We give 100 percent every day" and "Our responsibilities never end." The end result: an atmosphere that feels like a strict, yet loving, family.
Students in YES Prep North Central's discipline program line up for a morning check-in of their behavior.
Credit: Eli Reed/Magnum Photos
We have firmly grasped on to the idea that discipline is teaching. All of our discipline systems are tied to making sure that every situation that a student is in is a learning situation.
-- Bryan Reed, high school principal, teacher, basketball coach
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